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The Philly Four: Health care workers meet vaccine deadline, gun crime stats fluctuating

Sam Britt
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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

Jobs in Philadelphia down 8% since start of pandemic

  • A new Pew dashboard reports that jobs in Philadelphia are down 8% from June 2019. The goal of the dashboard is to be a tool that helps inform public policy during the post-pandemic economic recovery. There were also some positives in the data, the Federal stimulus programs and the Payroll Protection Program kept delinquency rates lower than expected.

Gun crime rates fluctuating, according to Commissioner Outlaw

  • Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw spoke at the City Council gun violence committee on Wednesday and said that crime rates are fluctuating. This year, over 431 people have been killed, the most ever through the first nine months of a year. Outlaw said that the police are short-staffed due to around 1,000 officers being out for various reasons, including being injured or being placed on restrictive duty.

Strain on Port of Philadelphia increases as volume of containers grows

  • The Port of Philadelphia is feeling the stress of the supply chain crisis. The port is expecting a 16% increase in shipping containers compared to last year. More equipment is being brought in to attempt to deal with the added volume and the hours for transport trucks to come in and out of the port have been extended.

Health care workers face vaccine deadline on Friday

  • Hospital and long-term care facility staff who are not vaccinated by Oct. 15 are in danger of losing their jobs. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said that 85% of long-term care staff are vaccinated but there are a few facilities that concern her. She also said that employers didn't have to fire long-term care staff who remained unvaccinated but after Friday they wouldn't be able to work in long-term care.

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