Primary Election 2021 results: Rovito, Verwey to take on Mincarelli, Redmond for Court of Common Pleas in Nov.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa After a minor counting delay, Chester County Voter Services has been able to post unofficial results from Tuesday’s Municipal Primary election — there was a minor software glitch that delayed the counting of some mail in ballots, which was largely resolved — about 500 ballots remained to be counted as of Friday morning. Between mail and in person...

New COVID testing system could help keep Chesco schools open this fall

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Scanning the QR code on this fast COVID antigen test, via an app, allows rapid data collection and the ability to forecast outbreaks. While virtually every adult (and most kids over age 12) will likely have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine if they (or their parents) want it, it seems increasingly likely that for kids 11 and under, vaccines will be few and...

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 an...

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 mask...

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,”...