As Chester County moves toward Yellow, let’s all be smart about COVID-19

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa So, on June 5, Chester County moves to Yellow status. Obviously, it is good news. It means some of our businesses will reopen and some of our people will go back to work. In some ways, life will go back to something approaching normal. It appears the county will go to Green status by the end of next month — meaning even more things will open, including...

COVID-19 Update, May 22: All of Pa. to go ‘Yellow’ June 5; 17 counties go ‘Green’ on May 29

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday afternoon that the entire state of Pennsylvania would move out of lockdown into Yellow status, effective June 5, with eight counties moving to Yellow and 17 additional counties moving to the fully open Green status on May 29. “We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective...

COVID-19 Update, May 21: After County pushes for Yellow status, Carnegie-Mellon report appears to say ‘not so fast’

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa As Chester County leaders push Gov. Tom Wolf to move the county to Yellow status on June 4, there is some immediate good news: as of today, you can get your favorite cocktail to go from your favorite bar or eatery (assuming they’re open) to take home and enjoy. And maybe some bad news: on the heels of the county request, the state released the first...

Chesco Commissioners to Wolf: Let us prove ourselves ready to move to Yellow, June 4

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The Chester County Commissioners issued a statement Wednesday night, calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to allow the county to prove it is ready to move to Yellow status in the state’s reopening plan by June 4 — and asking county residents to try to be patient and stick it out two more weeks. In the statement, the Commissioners — Marian Moskowitz, Josh...

1,500 face shields donated to county will go to protect election workers

Chester County Voter Services Director Sandra Burke (center) with Voter Services staff member Laura Bradley (left) accepts a delivery of 1,000 protective face shields donated by Nielsen-Kellerman CEO Alix James. Thanks to two separate donations of face shields, Chester County voters and poll workers will have even greater protection from the threat of the spread of coronavirus on primary election...

COVID-19 Update, May 20: Wolf announces funding for day care from CARES Act

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Without child care providers, many Pennsylvanians will not be able to return to work when it is safe do so — especially in counties that have moved to Yellow or are about to do so. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that an initial distribution of $51 million of funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to...

Chester County fire departments celebrate National EMS Week

The volunteer firefighters of Chester County Fire Chiefs Association are thankful for the EMS practitioners who serve alongside them at emergency scenes and are celebrating them during National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2020. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) lead annual EMS Week activities. Always taking place...

COVID-19 Update, May 19: Majority of state’s deaths came from long-term facilities

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The Wolf Administration released details about the number of infections and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities and it shows the majority of the state’s deaths from COVID-19 came at these facilities. The state redacted info for facilities with less than five deaths (except for two, due to an apparent error) with some 155 facilities...

Letter: Study the candidates and you’ll find Ruggieri is the best for 13th District

To the Editor, 2020 is an election year and I feel safe in writing that it will be unlike any other because of the Covid 19 epidemic. I also feel pretty certain that the election may not be, at this moment, in the forefront of your mind. As you probably know Pennsylvania moved the date of the primary from April 28th to June 2nd. Another reason why this election will be so unique is that Pennsylvania’s...

Coroner: Majority of COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities; total county deaths to date 274, death rate declining

WEST CHESTER — According to information issued Monday by the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the deadliest toll from the COVID-19 virus has taken place at the county’s long-term care facilities. Between March 28 and May 17,  a total of 274 confirmed or probable COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Chester County Coroner’s Office. Of those, 229 (83.6%) were residents of long-term care...