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One month into shutdown, Northeast Philadelphia has 2,691 cases

Northeast Philadelphia accounts for approximately 24 percent of the city’s total cases, and Vogt Recreation Center will distribute meals starting next week.

Screenshot of the April 23 COVID-19 advisory.

The city has reached 11,226 total cases of COVID-19 on the one-month anniversary of the shutdown.

There are 583 new cases since yesterday, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley confirmed at Thursday’s news conference. Some of those cases account for people who were previously diagnosed but not known to be Philadelphia residents until now, he said.

Of the city’s total, 2,691 were from Northeast Philadelphia ZIP codes, or about 24 percent.

ZIP codes 19115 and 19136 have the highest density of cases, with 118 and 103 cases per 10,000 residents, respectively. The highest number of cases, 457, are in 19111. This makes it the fourth-highest ZIP code in the city in terms of number of cases, but only 61 per 10,000 residents are infected.

Mayor Jim Kenney said the city is reviewing the state’s reopening guidelines laid out by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday, but is not yet ready to lift the stay-at-home order.

According to the plan, businesses in certain counties could start slowly reopening as early as May 8 on a red, yellow, green system. Reaching the yellow phase would lift some restrictions in business closures, allowing for some retail to open with protection for workers and customers.

Beginning Monday, Vogt Recreation Center at 4131 Unruh Ave. will become a new city-sponsored food site. Residents can pick up meals on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

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