Vaccinated? CDC, Pa. Health says it’s OK to take off mask in most situations

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Vector color chalk drawn illustration of medical mask on black chalkboard background. With COVID-19 cases dropping nationally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Thursday afternoon that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, indoors or outdoors, or observe social distancing, although masks will be required on public...

County starts COVID vaccinations for kids as young as 12 today

Following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15,  Chester County Health Department officials will offer the Pfizer vaccine at its walk-in or drive-thru clinic locations, with or without an appointment, from Thursday morning, May 13. From Thursday, May 13, the Pfizer vaccine will be available without the need for...

Chesco health partnering with EMS to deliver vaccines at home

Kerri Barrett, Good Fellowship Ambulance Paramedic, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to an at-home individual. WEST CHESTER — As part of its effort to ensure every eligible Chester County resident who chooses to have a COVID-19 vaccine is able to receive one, the Chester County Health Department has partnered with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies to schedule at-home vaccine appointments...

County asks residents to fill out survey on return to activities

WEST CHESTER — With the May 31 lifting of PA COVID-19 restrictions announced by the State earlier this week, members of Restore Chester County urge county residents to complete a brief survey to gauge willingness to participate in activities and events over the summer and fall seasons. The five-minute survey will help to determine what residents now believe is needed to ensure comfort in enjoying...

Chester County opens walk-in sites for COVID vaccine

Chester County Health Department officials announced a number of COVID-19 vaccine clinics now offer walk-in vaccinations.   County health officials encourage everyone who is eligible, but has not yet received the vaccine, to take advantage of this free, convenient option. From Friday, May 7, the Health Department’s walk-in vaccine clinic at the Exton Square Mall (former Sears store) will offer...

Caln Police investigative gunfire, car, home damage

Sheriff police car at night with flashing light vector illustration. Police car with siren night, security and protection traffic patrol CALN — Township Police are investigating an incident involving gun fire striking numerous cars and a home, Wednesday. On May 5, at 11:12 p.m., Township Police were dispatched to Toth Avenue in the Brandywine Homes subdivision for a report of damage to a vehicle....

Wolf to lift most COVID restrictions May 31; mask mandate to continue until 70% get 1st vaccine

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The battle against COVID-19 has been a long — and difficult  — one, but it appears rising vaccination rates and dropping infection and death rates will allow the commonwealth to end most of its pandemic-related restrictions at the end of this month, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday, while also setting a vaccination goal to end the state’s...

Small open space acquisition could have big impact, officials say

Natural Lands announced the permanent protection of a vulnerable section of East Branch Brandywine Creek. The acquisition and immediate transfer of the 12- acre property to East Brandywine Township ensures access to the creek for recreation and protects the scenic view along Route 282 in Downingtown, Chester County. “While it may seem like a small property, its conservation is quite significant,”...

Chesco Commissioners recognize Envirothon winners

Academy at West Fallowfield Christian School seniors earned the title of first place winners and champions of the 2021 Chester County Envirothon student competition. Pictured here, from left to right, seniors Jacob Hershey, Bryce Engle, Rose Rowe, Dustin Kauffman and Joey DellaPenna will represent Chester County at the Pennsylvania State Envirothon on May 10 and 11. Chester County Commissioners...

Ground broken on extension of Schuylkill River Trail

Chester County Commissioners and partners mark the official ground breaking of four more miles of the County’s Schuylkill River Trail. Pictured (left to right) are: Dave Stauffer, Chester County Parks + Preservation; Seyi Akinlotan, PennDOT; Commissioner Marian Moskowitz; Ryan Gallagher, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Elaine Schaefer, Schuylkill River Greenways; Commissioner Josh...