In Philly, small steps toward normalcy as city continues to cope with COVID-19

By KYW Newsradio 1060

“What I don't want to lose sight of in all this is what we're here for, and we're here to give our kids a decent life in the city despite all that's going on,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

He said he regrets not being able to open pools this summer but is glad the spraygrounds are back. 

Council President Darrell Clarke hopes it makes summer a bit more bearable.

“We have to come back with some sense of normalcy for these young people,” Clarke said. 

Aaaaand, the sprayground is open! #Philly #ManderPlayground

— Pat Loeb (@PatLoeb) July 6, 2020

Despite the case count, there are hopeful signs in the city's numbers too. 

New hospital admissions have fallen to single digits, and there have been no new cases in long-term care facilities in more than a week. 

Testing is also up above 2,500 a day, so new cases are about four percent of the total, which is a good sign.

“It's not something any of us wanted to do — in my second term as mayor and his new term as council president — but we're dealt the hand we're dealt with and have to deal with it as best we can,” Kenney said. 

Regular weekly recycling collection also resumes this week.