Youth Vaccinations in School District

City health centers do allow minors as young as 14 to consent for vaccines, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The school nurses, however, said that students have already been turned away from health centers on the “field trips.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-school-nurses-medical-vaccination-20191122.html

By Kristen Graham

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.”

https://billypenn.com/2019/10/31/philly-gives-out-750000-free-condoms-a-year/

By Max Marin

Vietnamese Restaurant Closure

“The Health Department and L&I are responsible for following up on complaints they receive through the 311 system, many of which — including complaints against this shopping center — are anonymous,” Garrow said. “If there are no violations found during the inspection, L&I will mark the complaint as unfounded, and the Health Department will post a clean health inspection report.”

https://whyy.org/articles/hoa-binh-plaza-banh-mi-shop-closed-amid-concerns-that-city-agency-was-weaponized-for-gentrification/

By Meir Rinde

Fourth of July Deaths Rulings

More than three months later, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday released its conclusions on the deaths. The cause for both: Drowning. The manner of Patterson’s death was “undetermined,” while Siler’s was “accidental.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-river-drowning-deaths-july-4-anjania-patterson-tim-siler-medical-examiner-results-20191018.html

By Julie Shaw

City Restaurants

For the first time, Philadelphia has actually quantified its bustling restaurant scene. According to a new report from the Health Department, the city offers just over 6,000 places to eat.

The study pulled together the count of Philly’s dine-in options via restaurant inspections and online searches, per spokesperson Jim Garrow. Anything that’s characterized as “primarily on-premise consumption” and within the city limits is included.

https://billypenn.com/2019/09/27/philly-has-more-restaurants-per-capita-than-new-york-city-according-to-a-new-report/

By Michaela Winberg

E.coli Update 9/20/19

Food Safety News

“A total of 19 cases were identified in this cluster. The last report was received on Sept. 6, and our investigation into the source continues,” department spokesman James Garrow told Food Safety News.

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2019/09/city-health-department-still-mostly-mum-on-e-coli-outbreak-investigation/

By Coral Beach

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has grown to include 19 ill persons. James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health updated Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. The Department cannot confirm whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. The case count is accurate as of September 6, 2019.

https://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2019/philadelphia-e-coli-outbreak-grows-to-19-sick-no-source-found/

By Staff

Brian Smart Death Investigation

Upper Darby school officials said in May that Smart, 25, appeared to have died of a heart attack, meaning a blockage in an artery that cuts off the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart.

But a heart attack is just one of many conditions that can lead to a sudden cardiac death. The actual cause in this case is unclear, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/broad-street-run-brian-smart-heart-20190919.html

By Tom Avril