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City Life

Penn Researchers Need Your Sweaty T-Shirts to Train Their COVID-Sniffing Dogs

The virus-detecting dogs-in-training are learning how to sniff out the coronavirus, but they need your help.

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The Bizarre, Infuriating Story of Philly Fighting COVID’s Meteoric Rise and Swift Fall

A 20-something student with big ambitions and no medical experience thought he was the best person to lead Philly’s COVID vaccination efforts. The city agreed. What could possibly go wrong?

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Where Are Philadelphians Flying to Now? Florida, Florida and … Florida

Among booked and searched travel, Florida reigns supreme as a preferred destination. Meanwhile, European hot spots like London and Paris are lagging far behind (for now).

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How Will We Know When the Pandemic Is “Over”?

Herd immunity? Lower case counts? Something else? Public health experts say it’s not that simple.

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Touch-Free Toilets and No More Cash: What to Expect as Fans Return to Philly Sports

For fans of the Sixers, Flyers, Phillies and Union, there’s good news: The sports stadiums are open again. But they’ll look a bit different from before.

City Life

The 7 Most Ridiculous Parts of the Pro-Columbus Day Lawsuit Against the City

City Councilmember Mark Squilla is among the plaintiffs suing Mayor Jim Kenney for changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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An Architecture Critic Ranks the Five Most Interesting Buildings in Philadelphia

No, City Hall and Independence Hall aren’t on the list.

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Vaccinations Are Increasing, But Philly’s COVID-19 Cases Have Stopped Declining. What Gives?

We check in with the pandemic modelers at the CHOP Policy Lab as the coronavirus pandemic enters what is hopefully its final phase.

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Inspector General: City Failed to Properly Vet Philly Fighting COVID

“Simply put, there is no question that the City of Philadelphia should never have been so closely aligned with PFC,” the city inspector general concludes, though he stops short of recommending any disciplinary action. 

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Didn’t Get an Email After Submitting a Vaccine Interest Form? The City Promises You’re on the List

And if there’s any doubt, the health department says it will soon be sending check-in emails to everyone on the list. But if you’re really skeptical, you can always sign up again.

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From Double Masking to When to Toss Your Cloth Mask: All Your COVID Masking Questions, Answered

With a more contagious variant in the U.S. and updated CDC masking guidelines, we take stock of the available science with immunologist Andrea Love and public-health expert Jessica Steier, of the Unbiased Science podcast.

City Life

The City Now Has a (Very Tentative) Timeline for When You’ll Be Vaccinated

Health commissioner Tom Farley says he expects Phase 1B vaccinations to conclude in April, Phase 1C to end in May, and for everyone else to be vaccinated by the end of July.

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City Life

Some Good COVID News for a Change

The various developments concerning vaccines threaten to overshadow the most immediate piece of good pandemic news: Case counts in the Philly region continue to drop.

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Who, Exactly, Is Philly Fighting COVID?

How a 22-year-old CEO with virtually no health-care experience got picked to run the first mass vaccination clinic in Philadelphia.

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City Life

Philadelphia Health Department Severs Relationship with Philly Fighting COVID

The startup organization, founded by a 22-year-old Drexel student, had been running the city’s first COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic. But after the organization changed its data privacy practices, the city has cut ties.