Philly mayor is quarantining after he says he was exposed to COVID-19

Mayor Jim Kenney
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney pictured during a press briefing at City Hall. Photo credit Holli Stephens/KYW Newsradio, file
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was exposed to COVID-19 and is in quarantine, even though he tested negative. The disclosure came at the weekly briefing on the virus, where other news was positive.

Philadelphia is still seeing fewer than 100 cases a day and the rate of positive test results remains below 3%. These are important benchmarks, especially considering the reopening of indoor dining, some schools and colleges.

But Kenney said his experience shows you can’t get complacent.

“The risks of COVID-19 are still very much with us. I’m thankful that Philadelphia’s positive case numbers have dropped and we’ve been able to ease many of the restrictions imposed earlier this year, but the virus is still here and we must remain vigilant,” he said.

Kenney declined to give details on how he was exposed.

The city also reported progress on one of the related issues — trash and recycling collection. Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams unveiled a new mapping tool that will allow residents to track collections in real time.

“It shows you when a truck visited the route, the type of truck that was there and the time,” Williams said.

Williams says it will go live on the city website Oct. 1.