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Philadelphia starts tracking monkeypox cases, amid criticism

There are now thought to be 82 cases of monkeypox in Philly, and the Health Department has launched a weekly-updated tracking page.

  • Vaccines have been in short supply for the virus. Only people at high risk are being prioritized for the shots — the city has so far received fewer than half the 6k doses promised by the federal government.

Some have criticized the Health Department’s response to the outbreak as lax. “This is very much deja vu from COVID,” Councilmember Bass told CBS3.

How to recycle in Philly, from getting a bin to finding the schedule

Philly has had a municipal recycling program since 1989, but it’s not always easy to follow.

  • Tip: Curbside bins are free for city residents, and you can even get a second one if your first disappears. But they’re also in short supply, so call before you pick one up at a sanitation convenience center.

What goes in them, and when are they supposed to go out? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch has a guide to everything recycling in Philadelphia.

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No details from Mayor Kenney’s office on his public schedule today. His social media accounts highlighted the city’s free Civic Engagement Academy, with virtual classes about how to get involved and make change in your community.


? BP Quizzo is taking over the casino at the South Philly sports complex! Help us swarm the Sports & Social bar with nerdy trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

?‍? Anyone working in tech or at a startup can find networking Valhalla at the PHL Innovation Picnic, back at the Navy Yard after a pandemic pause. Tickets start at $25. (5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4)

?️ BYO chairs and blankets to watch “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at Dilworth Park’s free movie night. Popcorn and snacks are available to purchase, plus booze for adults. (8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5)