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The Philly Four: Restrictions to remain even as COVID-19 cases drop

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.

Hurts has ankle surgery, expected to be healthy for camp

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday. The procedure is reportedly minor and Hurts is expected to be back and healthy for OTAs. Hurts' ankle was injured in Week 12 against the New York Giants and caused him to miss the Eagles Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets.

USA Swimming updates trans policy after NCAA changes rules

  • USA Swimming after the NCAA made a midseason switch to its transgender policy, likely spurred by the success of University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas. After having a policy in place for years, the NCAA decided last week to differ rulings on transgender participation to the individual governing bodies of each sport. USA Swimming's new policy requires transgender women to show that their testosterone levels have been under 5 nanomoles per liter for 36 months. Studies show that most transgender women have less than 2 nanomoles per liter, which bodes well for Thomas being able to continue competing.

Magnet schools pushing for racial equity

  • The Philadelphia School District announced that it will adopt a lottery system for admission into one of the city's five magnet schools. In the past, magnet schools had some say in what students were admitted but now the human element is being taken out of the equation in hopes of improving the percentage of students of color admitted.

COVID cases fall but restrictions remain

  • COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia have dropped 85% from the city's peak in early January, but the restrictions that came with the surge still remain. Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said it will be months before the mask mandate and other restrictions are lifted because the city is still in the CDC's high level of community transmission.

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