Two-Year-Olds Death Ruled Homicide


The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the boy’s death was a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.

By Ellie Silverman


Police said the autopsy reports details blunt force trauma injuries. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

By Maggie Kent

Antibiotic Resistance Report

The CDC did not provide state-level data. But roughly 300 drug-resistant infections were reported by Philadelphia hospitals in 2018, said Kristin Privette, surveillance coordinator for the city Department of Public Health.

Philadelphia’s is one of six large city health departments tasked by the CDC to track drug-resistant infections in local hospitals, and help arrange for sophisticated laboratory testing where needed, said Steve Alles, the department’s director of disease control.

by Tom Avril and Dylan Purcell

Maternal Mortality Grant

Aasta Mehta MD, MPP, FACOG, Women’s Health Policy Advisor with Philadelphia Department of Public Health, explained what this grant means for Philadelphia mothers specifically. “The CDC grant provides funding to strengthen the surveillance process for maternal mortality in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia accounts for approximately 20 to 25 percent of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Mehta. “Therefore, a portion of the funding will go directly to Philadelphia to strengthen our surveillance process.”

By Erin Jay

Redfield Visit


CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said Monday during a visit to Philadelphia that the number of new HIV cases has been dropping steadily since the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s, when more than 100,000 people a year were newly diagnosed with the virus that can lead to AIDS. But beginning in about 2008, when about 40,000 people a year were diagnosed with HIV, improvement largely stalled, he said.

By Aubrey Whelan

2018 HIV Report Release


The Philadelp

hia Department of Public Health (PDPH) reports promising reductions in new diagnoses of HIV. The number of newly diagnosed persons decreased 14.3% from 495 diagnoses in 2017 to 424 new diagnoses in 2018 with a notable decline of 35.8% in Black men who have sex with men (MSM); the City has experienced steady declines in new HIV diagnoses since the mid-2000s consistent with national trends.


The number of HIV diagnoses in Philadelphia has gone down, according to new date from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

The PDPH released the 2018 HIV Surveillance Report, which contains data reported through June 30, 2019.

By Max Bennett


The city has records of 19,011 people living with HIV, while another 2,019 people are estimated to have the virus without yet knowing. In 2018, Philadelphia’s 424 new HIV diagnoses were down from 495 new diagnoses in 2017. That continues a trend of steady declines since the mid-2000’s.

By Michael Tanenbaum

Condom Distribution Program

When the site was initially rolled out in 2011, some media outlets reported it targeted the age bracket of 11 to 19 years old, which some parents felt was too young a start. The city acknowledges it can’t actually age-verify who used the service — but remains nonplussed about it.

“It’s possible that younger folks may have received the condoms,” Garrow told Billy Penn. “And honestly, we were never opposed to that happening.”

By Max Marin