Philadelphia makes headway against COVID-19 as federal officials visit to observe strategy

Philadelphia City Hall.
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“We’ve spoken to them about the need to solve the testing problem. The long delays are very problematic for us. And we talked about the need for thoughtful planning right now about how to deploy a vaccine when it comes around,” he said. 

The visit comes as the city is once again seeing progress against the virus, with new cases down to about 105 a day, compared to 123 a day last week.

The rate of positive tests is down to four percent, the lowest it’s been.

That would seem to bode well for the final hurdle of the green phase — a return to indoor dining on Sept. 1 — but Farley won’t go that far.

“One thing I’ve learned to do is to not predict what’s going to happen because the virus is full of surprises,” he said.