The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Vector Control staff is planning to apply treatments to control adult mosquitoes on Monday evening, July 16th, in a section of Upper Roxborough.
[I]n the world of public health, success and failure are measured in preventable deaths. And for that reason, Farley has become a key figure in the city’s battle against the overdose crisis, which claimed more than 2,100 lives between 2016 and 2017 in the doctor’s first two years on the job.
By Max Marin
On Thursday — the sixth consecutive day of 90-plus temperatures locally — Philadelphia reported its first heat-related death since 2016.
The victim was not identified, nor was it disclosed when the person died. Health Department spokesman James Garrow said heat was “a significant contributing factor” to the death, which occurred during the heat wave that began Saturday and peaked Tuesday.
By Tony Wood
Across the sidewalk, a woman named Kelly sat on a folding chair and watched Herens move down the block. She had heard about the cluster of overdoses, but it hadn’t deterred her from buying crack. She said she wasn’t interested in carrying Narcan: “I feel like it wouldn’t matter if I died,” she said. Her eyes welled with tears.
Herens walked over, flier in hand. It couldn’t hurt to learn a bit about it, she said. Kelly nodded, managed a smile, and took the flier.
By Aubrey Whelan
“We were certainly both surprised and disappointed to see that included, particularly in a bill that wasn’t out in the open for discussion,” said Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, the city’s director of chronic disease prevention. “There wasn’t a way to have a discussion about all the reasons that’s a terrible idea.”
By John Kopp
A declaration of a Heat Health Emergency by the Health Commissioner activates the City’s emergency heat programs, including the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline, extended hours at select Free Library locations that have been designated as Cooling Centers, home visits by special field teams, enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the City’s annual reminder to the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.