2 more Philly hotels are being used for quarantine space

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Philadelphia officials announced additional measures to help residents during the coronavirus crisis — indicating they think it could last a while longer. 

In addition to the Holiday Inn Express in Center City, the city reserved two more hotels for quarantine and isolation space: the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Center City, and the Marriott Springhill Suites at the Philadelphia International Airport.

The two hotels have a combined 250 rooms to back up the Holiday Inn, where about 40 homeless people and a few first responders are currently recovering from the virus. 

City Managing Director Brian Abernathy said the new spaces would primarily be for first responders, including doctors and nurses, who don’t want to bring the virus home to their families. 

“We want to protect their families as well. These are men and women who put their lives on the line for us each day,” he said.

Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley reported 311 new cases on Wednesday, which would be a record weekday low for the month. He said fewer results are coming back from labs, so it could be artificially low. 

Hospital cases are up, he added, indicating the city likely has not hit the peak of the outbreak yet. Farley emphasized lifting the stay-at-home measures too early is risky.

“If we had stayed open just a couple more weeks, we might be like New York City and have 10 times the number of people who died,” he said. “And if we reopen too soon, we might see a surge just like that again.”

Farley also announced 16 new deaths, bringing the total in the city to 222. Half were in long-term care facilities. 

There are at least 7,441 positive cases citywide, including 56 in Philly prisons.

Free meals

City officials and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging announced 23 new meal sites for older adults. 

The sites will distribute grab-and-go meals each Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People will get two meals on Mondays and three meals on Wednesdays.

Family members are allowed to pick up meals for older adults who may not be able to leave their homes. PCA is also arranging home deliveries, if needed.

A list of the senior meal site locations is available online.

Food boxes for families and youth are also available.

For more resources regarding COVID-19, visit phila.gov/covid-19 or call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.