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2 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Philadelphia

Two new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus)  were confirmed in Philadelphia by the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Friday.

The total of confirmed cases in Philadelphia is now three and officials say they are waiting on the test results of 62 other cases.

The city is not releasing details of the two new cases, but stated that neither case is associated with the Philadelphia School District.

“The spread of COVID-19 has given rise to unfortunate rumors and fears. We urge residents to refer to Health Department updates, which appear on our Twitter channel, @PHLPublicHealth,” said Dr. Farley.

The City and the Philadelphia School District are mobilizing plans in light of Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement today that all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania are to close for two weeks.

“The City is rapidly developing plans to provide comprehensive support to students and families who are challenged by the closure,” said Brian Abernathy, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.

Residents are reminded that non-emergency questions should go to 311. Residents can get COVID-19 updates sent to their phones. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free text alerts with information and updates from the Health Department. Information is also being updated daily on the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s webpage www.phila.gov/covid-19.

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