In January 2017, the city and its surrounding counties were plunged into a public health emergency when coronavirus spread rapidly through the city’s nursing facilities.
The virus quickly spread through hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and even homes for the mentally ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
By the end of March, more than half of Philadelphia’s population of 6.6 million people had been infected with the virus, with nearly 6,000 people dying of the disease.
By the time the pandemic ended, the number of deaths from coronaviruses in Philadelphia had nearly quadrupled.
For the first time, the public health crisis forced some of the citys largest employers, such as the Philadelphia Phillies and Phillies Ballpark Authority, to cut back on hours.
On May 3, 2018, the Phillies announced it would shutter all of its Phillies Ball Park events for the remainder of the season.
As the crisis became a public relations nightmare, the team was forced to hire outside experts to help manage the situation.
On March 23, 2020, the Philadelphia City Council passed a $3.6 billion budget that included $250 million to address the pandemics.
Since then, a $2.8 billion funding plan to fight the pandems coronaviral pandemic has been approved by the Pennsylvania legislature and is scheduled to be implemented in 2021.
While the city is dealing with a public-health crisis, the country is still reeling from the death of two young men who died in the city.
In September 2019, 19-year-old Taimi Alford and 21-year old T.J. Mowery, both from Philadelphia, died after being infected with coronavaccine-resistant SARS-CoV-19.
Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and died.
Despite the city having a public healthcare system, the community is not ready for the arrival of a pandemic.
The Philadelphia Public Health Department estimates that there are more than 4,000 deaths a year due to coronavaleses.
“We are at a point where it is not going to be able to sustain the level of public health preparedness that we have to go forward with,” Mayor Nutter said.
On the heels of the deaths of Alford, Mowerys father, Eric, is facing a number of lawsuits in federal court in Pennsylvania and a lawsuit filed by a group of families seeking to recover his sons’ wages, including an estimated $2 million in lost wages and more than $30,000 in medical bills.
“The city has not responded in a timely fashion,” Alford’s mother, Angela Moweries, said.
“We need to be prepared for this to happen, not just in Philadelphia, but across the country.”
The state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, which are home to more than 70% of the state’s residents, have been grappling with the pandemaker’s spread, including a $6.5 billion state-funded pandemic response effort that includes a pandemic plan that outlines the city as a staging area for future pandemias.
But the plan, which was finalized on May 20, 2020 and will be implemented by 2021, does not cover the costs of pandememics like SARS or coronaviremia.
The plan also does not include any money for a statewide pandemic plan.
“They have a plan, but it is going to take a lot of work to actually implement,” said Nutter, who was elected mayor in November of 2020.
The plan states that a statewide plan must be developed by July 1, 2021, with the city paying for half of the costs, which would be more than a million dollars.
The city will also be responsible for $1 billion of the cost of pandemic relief, but Nutter has not identified a specific amount to spend on this.
Although Philadelphia has a $5 billion budget surplus, the mayor has said that this surplus is not enough to cover the cost.
And he has said the city will not be able afford to implement a plan without additional funds.
If a pandemaker outbreak continues to spread, the state and the county are still facing challenges with the coronavids.
While the state has already paid for more than 1.5 million people to be screened for coronavid and SARS, more are needed to control coronavarials, according a report from the Centers For Disease Control.
In Pennsylvania, the county is only one of two counties that have been hit hard by coronavillages.
The other is Franklin County, which has more than 2,700 people diagnosed with coronivirus and 6,500 with SARS.