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 Maxwell...

Chesco extends essential-services only to June 4

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Government officials Wednesday announced the extension of the County’s essential services-only operation to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The extended period runs to Thursday, June 4. The Commissioners will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust the status of essential services-only as necessary. The essential services identified...

Chesco to start antibody testing of first responders, healthcare professionals

WEST CHESTER — After nearly a month of intensive efforts by Chester County Government to overcome restrictions imposed for antibody testing, the County confirms it is now able to begin point-of-contact testing for essential function individuals who are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis in Chester County – although questions about both the reliability of such tests and whether infection provides...

Commissioners announce small business grant program

WEST CHESTER — A grant program created at the request of the Chester County Commissioners provides funding for small businesses and agricultural enterprises in the county that were unable to take advantage of any federal and commonwealth existing COVID-19 response programs.  Grants of up to $25,000 will be available to all eligible businesses through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program....

Commissioners extend tax deadlines

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at this week’s public Commissioners’ Meeting to extend the deadline for payment of County property taxes, due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.  Recognizing that the finances of many Chester County taxpayers have been negatively affected by the closure of local businesses, layoffs and uncertainty of financial...

Commissioners extend essential-services only order; look to reopen county parks in May

WEST CHESTER — After consultation with county health officials, the Chester County Commissioners announced Wednesday the extension of the county government’s essential services-only operation through to Friday, May 15 at all county buildings. In addition, the Commissioners announced a gradual re-opening of all seven parks owned by Chester County Government. The county’s Black Rock Sanctuary,...

Chesco bottles 825 gallons of hand sanitizer for front line workers

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Josh Maxwell and Marian Moskowitz help to bottle 825 gallons of hand sanitizer donated to Chester County’s Department of Emergency Services for use by COVID-19 frontline workers. SOUTH COATESVILLE — Chester County’s Department of Emergency Services took delivery this week of three 275-gallon containers of specially made hand sanitizer, and quickly...

Commissioner plant ‘Tree of Hope’ to honor Earth Day, COVID-19 victims

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Michelle Kichline and Josh Maxwell plant a “tree of hope” to honor Chester County’s fight against COVID-19 on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. EXTON — To commemorate Earth Day 2020, the Chester County Commissioners had originally planned to hand out hundreds of small trees to county residents – for planting to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. But...

Chesco to start antibody testing for COVID-19 for key personnel

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County will be the first county in Pennsylvania to start testing essential personnel for COVID-19 with a blood antibody test, county health officials announced Monday afternoon, during a video community conference. County Commissioner Chair Marian Moskowitz announced the testing initiative at the end of the teleconference — noting that testing will be done...

Wolf halts dine-in at all Chesco restaurants; two more COVID-19 cases ID’d in county

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday that all Chester County restaurants must end dine-in business immediately, as county officials revealed two more presumed positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Although all non-essential businesses in the county have been recommended to close for the time being, Wolf issued a mandatory order Sunday, which will remain in effect for at...