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.
- Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has led the way offensively during the team's seven-game win streak. Embiid has scored over 30 points each of the last eight games, tying the franchise's record held by Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain. The Sixers have played themselves into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, only half a game back of the reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.
- Antiviral COVID pills produced by Pfizer and Merck have arrived at pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania, including more than 30 locations in the Philadelphia area. When the pills are given to high-risk patients with COVID-19, they limit the chances of hospitalization and death. The pills are not meant for everyone at the moment, only those with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 who are in danger.
- Since Chester adopted its Partnership for Safe Neighborhoods strategy in 2020, gun violence homicides have dropped 44% and overall shootings have dropped 34%. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro credits the "unprecedented level of coordination and cooperation between the District Attorney’s Office, the police, and City Council members" for the success.
- Some Philadelphia colleges are adopting more stringent COVID-19 policies in the face of the continued surge of the omicron variant. Some schools have delayed their return to in-person learning and are requiring double masking or N95 masks and booster shots.