Warmer weather brings West Nile threat

County’s Health Department urges precautions to avoid breeding, bites This Pro-Mist electric ULV sprayer is one of the tools used by the state to control adult mosquitoes that could spread West Nile virus. The Chester County Health Department reminds Chester residents that along with warmer weather comes mosquito season and the threat of West Nile virus, which first appeared in Pennsylvania in...

County to observe National Public Health Week

Variety of public events will provide Rx for community well-being National Public Health Week is designed to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. Even before a national survey last week deemed Chester County the healthiest county in the state for the second time, its Health Department had planned numerous events to celebrate National Public Health Week starting on April...

For second time, county gets top bill of health

National study puts Chesco at top of state rankings By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone (from left), Terence Farrell, and Ryan Costello are applauding a new study that ranked county as “healthiest” in Pennsylvania. Less than two weeks before the county prepares to celebrate National Public Health Week starting on April 1, it has received...

Teen shutterbugs urged to capture ‘picture of health’

The Chester County Health Department is invited high school students to photograph the “Picture of Health.” Health Department sponsoring photography contest for high school students Chester County wants high school students to be the “Picture of Health” – and then photograph it. The Chester County Health Department is sponsoring the 4th Annual Healthy Photo Contest to promote National...

Public input being sought for hiking/biking initiative

Meeting will focus on Central Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan The meeting offers the public the last opportunity to provide feedback before the Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan is finalized in March. Attention biking/hiking enthusiasts: The Chester County Planning Commission and the Chester County Health Department would like to invite residents interested...

Screenings urged during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

County’s Health Department calls disease ‘highly preventable’ During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Chester County Health Department want to reminds women of the importance of preventative screenings. “Now is an excellent time to talk with a health care provider about cervical cancer screening and prevention,” Margaret Rivello, director of the Chester County Health Department,...

Health Department: Tips on remaining flu-free

County says vaccine best way to avoid widespread outbreak The Chester County Health Department recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Updated at 1 p.m. to add flu-vaccine clinic schedule On the maps compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks confirmed cases of the flu, areas depicted in solid brown signify “widespread activity” – a color...

County’s Health Department issues ‘raw milk’ warning

News release: Kimberton Whole Foods products linked to stomach problems The Chester County Health Department has issued a warning about raw milk products from Kimberton Whole Foods. An alert is being issued by the Chester County Health Department, which said an  an increase of severe gastroenteric symptoms among persons who drank raw milk supplied by Kimberton Farms Dairy. The distributor, Kimberton...

County to observe World AIDS Day

The Chester County Health Department offers free, confidential HIV testing at the Government Services Center. Residents reminded to take advantage of free testing In conjunction with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Chester County officials are urging residents to take advantage of opportunities for confidential, free testing. The Chester County Health Department is partnering with Family Services of Chester...

County offers residents shot at avoiding flu

Free clinic to be held during National Influenza Vaccination Week Free flu vaccines will be offered Dec. 3 at the Chester County Library during National Influenza Vaccination Week. Chester County plans to observe National Influenza Vaccination Week – Dec. 2 through Dec. 8 – appropriately: It’s offering a free flu vaccine clinic. In an effort to highlight the importance of obtaining the vaccine...