Chester County spent $13 million to launch a coronavirus antibody testing program, and then quietly put it on hold. In Philly, the city loosened restrictions on outdoor gatherings, and conflict over homeless encampments is continuing. Officials are planning for a “multi-day operation” to clear them.
Chester County made headlines in early April by adopting coronavirus antibody tests, which appeared to be a promising new tool. The plan was to start by testing first responders and health-care providers to see how many of them had developed disease-fighting antibodies to the virus.
The program began in May, but just a month later, it was quietly put on hold. Internal emails and interviews with people involved show that the newly developed antibody tests might have been giving wildly inaccurate results.
A day after the deadline for residents of several protest encampments to clear out passed, Philly city officials said the “resolution” of the camps will likely be a “multi-day operation." Dozens of people experiencing homelessness are living in the camps that were organized beginning in June to negotiate with city leaders on housing policy, but talks have stalled.
Mayor Jim Kenney said he is looking to resolve the situation amicably, but organizers and some residents have said they will stay in the camps until their demands are met.
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“The current state of the country has created a deep need for trusted community information, education, and connection that AAMP [African American Museum in Philadelphia] was founded to provide. Now more than ever, AAMP is an integral asset to Philadelphia that should receive greater support in the city’s solution to create a truly more equitable city.” — writes Lindsay Tucker So, former assistant director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, about how the museum is wildly underfunded.