The Philadelphia School District is re-implementing the mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases
The Philadelphia School District is re-implementing the mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases

The Philadelphia School District is re-implementing the mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases

The school district in Philadelphia announced Friday that it is re-implementation of a universal mask mandate beginning Monday, May 23, following a recommendation from the Philadelphia Department of Health due to the current escalation in COVID-19 cases in the city.

“For the time being, all school district students and staff will be required to wear their masks during the school and work day and while riding school buses and vans,” school district inspector William Hite wrote in the announcement.

Philadelphia County has seen a 58 percent increase in average daily cases over the past two weeks, and hospital admissions in the city have increased 29 percent over the same period, according to data from The New York Times.

Over 77 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, with more than 34 percent receiving a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94 percent of all residents 12 years and older receiving at least one dose. according to city data.

For children ages 5-11 in Philadelphia, about 36 percent have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Philadelphia was short the only major city in the United States to reinstate an indoor mask mandate last month. However, following setbacks, the mandate was revoked a few days after its entry into force, and the step-by-step system determining the re-implementation of COVID-19 mitigation measures throughout the city was abandoned.


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