Philadelphia reports first coronavirus-related death

A Philadelphia man diagnosed with the novel coronavirus died after a short stay in the hospital, becoming the city’s first death related to COVID-19.

The man was in his 50s and had underlying medical conditions, according to Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this resident,” Mayor Jim Kenney said during a daily press briefing. “Our prayers are with the family and loved ones at this very difficult time.”

“The unfortunate reality is that there will likely be more deaths as the number of cases grow, which is why our stay-at-home order is essential,” he added.

City officials reported 93 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the largest one-day increase since the beginning of the epidemic. 

In total, 342 people in Philadelphia have been infected, Farley said, including police officers, firefighters and other city employees. City leaders declined to elaborate on those cases.

SEPTA announced the first COVID-19 case among its employees late Tuesday night. The person works at the authority’s Center City headquarters and last reported to their job on March 19, SEPTA said.

The employee, who doesn’t interact with riders, has been quarantined at home with mild symptoms, and SEPTA notified their co-workers


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