Benzene Follow-up

But James Garrow, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Health Department, says the city has had the EPA data for months and compared it to its own data from a monitor in Point Breeze.

He says the city doesn’t concur with the group’s dire warnings.

“Yes, there was benzene in the air found in the study, but we never felt that it was a threat to human health there in South Philly,” Garrow said.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/group-pes-refinery-released-dangerously-high-benzene-level

By Mark Abrams

Chinatown Coronavirus Lunch

Fox 29

Despite zero cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia, unnecessary fear is hurting restaurants; however, the city health commissioner says people should be more worried about the flu than this.

“The coronavirus is not spreading in Philadelphia right now. There is a global public health risk but we’re not seeing it in Philadelphia. This infection really does not appear to be that easy to spread,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said.

https://www.fox29.com/news/mayor-kenney-dines-in-chinatown-to-help-ease-fears-of-the-coronavirus

By Marcus Espinoza

CBS3

Health officials say they have mechanisms and procedures in place should any cases arise.

“Countries that have strong public health organizations like the United States have been able to contain the spread of the virus. At the health department, we have a team of people working full time to identify any cases that occur in Philadelphia and to make sure they’re not spreading it to others,” Farley said.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/02/06/philadelphia-mayor-jim-kenney-has-lunch-in-chinatown-to-quell-coronavirus-fears/

By Natasha Brown

KYW1060

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says they’re closely monitoring the virus.

“We have a team of people working full time to identify any cases that occur in Philadelphia and to make sure they are not spreading it to others, and under a new protocol to monitor people who’ve come from affected areas that if they develop symptoms, they’re not spreading it to others,” Farley explained.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/in-philly-mayor-tries-to-ease-fears-of-wuhan-coronavirus

By Justin Udo

NBC10

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/mayor-kenney-eats-shrimp-dumplings-in-chinatown-telling-people-its-safe/2289975/

By Stephania Jimenez

Inquirer

“Come back to Chinatown and eat — it’s great,” the mayor said before taking a seat at Ocean Harbor restaurant, a dim sum emporium just a block from where Chinatown was founded in 1870. “Chinatown is safe. The city is safe. America is safe. Everybody should relax.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-kenney-epidemic-philadelphia-chinatown-racism-20200206.html

By Jeff Gammage

Daily Pennsylvanian

Last Thursday afternoon, Kenney was joined by Philadelphia’s Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, and city councilman Mark Squilla for lunch at Ocean Harbor restaurant, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Come back to Chinatown and eat — it’s great,” Kenney told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Chinatown is safe. The city is safe. America is safe. Everybody should relax.”

https://www.thedp.com/article/2020/02/coronavirus-mayor-jim-kenney-chinatown-philly-xenophobia

By Jonah Charlton