COVID

Mike D'Onofrio
May 23, 2022 - COVID

School District of Philadelphia reinstates mask mandate

Illustration of a school crossing sign wearing a mask.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The Philadelphia school district is requiring students and staff to wear face masks indoors again, starting Monday.

What's happening: The district reinstated its mask mandate due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, superintendent William Hite said in a statement Friday.

Taylor Allen
May 19, 2022 - COVID

Nearly half of Pennsylvania's COVID deaths were preventable, per analysis

VISUAL: Data: Brown School of Public Health; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Vaccines could have prevented nearly half of Pennsylvania's more than 28,000 COVID-19 deaths between January 2021 and last month, based on a new analysis of public health data from Brown University's School of Public Health.

Driving the news: Researchers crafted a model illustrating what could have happened if 100% of American adults were fully vaccinated and boosted once the shots became available.

Mike D'Onofrio
Apr 27, 2022 - News

Philadelphia police face May 31 deadline to get vaccinated

Illustration of a pattern of syringes.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Unionized workers employed by the city of Philadelphia now face a May 31 deadline to get fully vaccinated or face being placed on leave and potentially fired.

What's happening: An arbitration panel set the new deadline for Philly's long-delayed vaccination mandate after settling a challenge from the city's police union on Tuesday.

Mike D'Onofrio
Updated Apr 22, 2022 - COVID

Philadelphia will end reimposed mask mandate

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Philadelphia made the decision to end its mask mandate on Thursday night, just four days after reimposing it.

Why it matters: With the U-turn, Philly will no longer be the only major city in the country with such a mandate.

Philly's mask mandate returns as group sues city

Illustration of a pattern of masks
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Philly's reinstated mask mandate takes effect Monday as a group of businesses and residents seeks to overturn it through a state lawsuit.

Driving the news: The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court on Saturday, claims the city lacks the authority to impose a mask mandate, the Associated Press reports.

Shane Savitsky
Apr 14, 2022 - Politics

Focus group: Pennsylvania swing voters OK with Philly mask mandate

Illustration of voter button with a face mask.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Pennsylvania swing voters were largely accepting and, in some cases, enthusiastic about Philadelphia's decision to reinstate its mask mandate — the first for a major American city post-Omicron — in our latest Axios Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups.

Why it matters: These voters are still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, even if COVID isn't their top issue the way it was a few months ago.

Axios Philadelphia
Updated Apr 12, 2022 - COVID

Philadelphia to reinstate mask mandate

Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Philadelphia announced Monday that it would reinstate its citywide mask mandate beginning April 18 due to rising COVID cases.

Why it matters: With the decision, the city will become one of the only major American localities to require masks in public.

Mike D'Onofrio
Apr 6, 2022 - COVID

Philly revives indoor face mask recommendation

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Philadelphia is urging people to wear face masks in indoor public places again as new COVID-19 cases rise and the Omicron subvariant BA.2 spreads across the U.S.

Driving the news: City health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole issued the face mask recommendation Monday, which she says is based in part on concerns monitoring a spike in cases in Europe driven by the strain.

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