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The Philly Four: COVID-19 tests being sent out, how to store them

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.

How to store COVID-19 tests

  • The government is beginning to send COVID-19 tests through the mail and people are wondering about the proper way to store them. Dr. Amy Mathers, associate director of clinical microbiology at the University of Virginia, warned that keeping the tests in areas that are too cold or too warm could affect the test's sensitivity. Mathers also suggested checking the tests for damages.

Trashman complains about illegal dumping

  • Terrill Haigler, AKA “Ya Fav Trashman,” called on the city to address illegal dumping after trash was piled into an area Haigler had just cleared in a massive cleanup. Haigler lays the blame for illegal dumping both at the hands of the city contractors who leave worksite trash across the city and Philadelphia for charging so much to dump at sites, leading those unwilling to pay to just toss their trash anywhere.

Temple dean steps down

  • Gregory Anderson, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University, is stepping down to take a sabbatical in May. Half of the teachers have raised concerns about Anderson over the past two years, some claiming that he has exhibited hostile behavior and that he has forced professors out of the school who don't agree with his leadership.

Cops lying about injuries

  • An investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer found that some of the 650 Philadelphia police officers claiming to be injured were working side jobs or doing strenuous activities while Commissioner Danielle Outlaw complained about an understaffed department. Officers who are deemed unavailable for duty are given 100% of their salary but do not have to pay taxes on it, however, they are forbidden from working any other job.

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