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File #: 200356    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/4/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/11/2020
Title: Encouraging the City of Philadelphia to support local business and shorten the supply chain by locally sourcing COVID-19 related equipment, supplies, and services from local businesses and suppliers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20035600, 2. Signature20035600
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Encouraging the City of Philadelphia to support local business and shorten the supply chain by locally sourcing COVID-19 related equipment, supplies, and services from local businesses and suppliers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

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WHEREAS, Like much of the world and the United States, the City of Philadelphia is currently responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"); and

WHEREAS,Many communities in the US and globally are rapidly entering crisis mode in the need for medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) and other related COVID-19 supplies; and

WHEREAS, On April 3, 2020 the CDC updated its recommendations to include a recommendation that persons should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as at grocery stores and pharmacies, and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission; and

WHEREAS, Some heavily impacted areas such as New York State and Atlanta, Georgia have called on local businesses to produce needed supplies related to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia-based businesses may be able to immediately sell or produce cloth face coverings and other approved COVID-19 related test kits, medical equipment and supplies (i.e. ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, etc.); and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia-based businesses may be able to repurpose or scale-up production to produce cloth face coverings and approved COVID-19 related test kits, medical equipment and supplies (i.e. ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, etc.) for Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia-based businesses may like to offer donated goods, services, or space for use in Atlanta's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia is still ris...

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