PHILADELPHIA, PA – City Councilmember Mark Squilla has tested positive for COVID-19.
Councilmember Squilla, who represents Council’s First Council District in South Philadelphia, Center City, and portions of the city’s river wards, is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-isolating at home.
“This virus and the infection are no joke, and I want to emphasize that to my fellow residents in Philadelphia,” Squilla said today. “While I don’t know exactly how I contracted COVID-19, I do know that I’ve been taking all the appropriate precautions – wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance when I have to go outside, and generally being cautious.”
“I urge my fellow Philadelphians – please wear a mask when you go outside if you must go out. Keep your social distance of at least six feet apart if you do go outdoors. We can and will get through this pandemic together.”
Philadelphia is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 reported cases and infections, part of a second wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths that is sweeping most of the United States.
Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) said that his thoughts and prayers are with Councilmember Squilla, and he expressed confidence that Council’s Deputy Majority Whip will recover.
“Mark is our friend and our colleague, and we care deeply about him,” Clarke said. “Rest, get the appropriate treatment and care, and return to us soon, Councilmember. Our city cares about you.”