PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania has over 1,000 coronavirus cases after health officials in Philadelphia announced 90 additional cases on Wednesday morning. The state now has 1,052 COVID-19 cases and Philadelphia makes up 342 of them.
Mayor Jim Kenney and other Philadelphia officials are expected to give an update on the city’s coronavirus response at 1 p.m. today.
The South Philadelphia testing site will be closed Wednesday due to a poor weather forecast.
“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Tuesday. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
On Tuesday evening, SEPTA officials announced that an employee who works at the headquarters building tested positive for COVID-19. According to SEPTA, the employee does not work in a customer-facing job.
The employee last worked on Thursday, March 19. SEPTA supervisors have notified the employee’s co-workers about the situation and of any potential exposure.
On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.
The stay-at-home order will last two weeks for these counties.
Wolf also extended school closures in the state for two more weeks, through at least April 6.