COVID-19 Update March 28: Positive cases continue to grow; more counties under ‘stay at home’ order

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COVID-19 cases continue to grow in Pennsylvania and Chester County, as Gov. Tom Wolf added more counties Saturday to the “stay at home” orders, bringing the statewide total to 22 counties under virtual lockdown to fight the spread of virus. The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna,...

COVID-19 Update 3-27: Cases continue to climb in Pa.; primary election formally delayed

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The steady growth in cases of COVID-19 and deaths continues in Pennsylvania, while growth in Chester County appears to have slowed for one day, while state government continues to add legislation and programs in order to aid the fight against the deadly virus. The new numbers, as of midday Friday from the state Department of Health said that there are 531 additional...

Area dentists donate PPE to region’s hospitals

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Volunteers, observing social distancing, sort out medical supplies to be donated to regional hospitals. Dentists from across the region have stepped up to help area hospitals with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), turning over a cache of donated equipment planned to be used for a charity event in June. With the status of Mission of Mercy-PA up in the air — the...

COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Pa., Chesco

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to take its toll on Pennsylvania and Chester County as reported cases continue to spike higher — and the state’s death toll is now 11. Eric County was added to the seven counties — including Chester County — under the governor’s stay at home orders. In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reports 1,127 cases in...

Wolf flawed but OK on COVID-19, but DOH dropping the ball

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I don’t want to nitpick, but… Look, let’s be clear: Gov. Tom Wolf has done a solid job in reacting to COVID-19 crisis. Compared to knuckleheads like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he’s been brilliant. Compared to President Donald Trump….well, he’s a super genius. But, admittedly, that’s been kind of a low bar. Compare Wolf to New...

COVID-19 positive tests grow statewide and in county

By Mike McGann, Editor, The TImes Testing being done at the state lab in Exton. Courtesy, Pa. Dept. of Health. COVID-19 cases continue to grow in Pennsylvania, with cases statewide spiking to 851 in 40 counties with seven deaths, according to the state Department of Health. In Chester County, numbers jumped again, rising to 41 from 30 yesterday, with 624 tests coming back negative. No one in Chester...

Wolf orders Chesco to ‘Stay At Home”; local cases spike to 30

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf issued a “stay at home” order for six counties, including Chester County, as cases of COVID-19 spiked locally and across the state, including six deaths across the state. Wolf announced the order Monday afternoon, which will be effective Monday night at 8pm. “Today, I’m issuing a Stay at Home order for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe,...

COVID-19 Update: Reports say state may consider ‘Stay At Home’ order, already in effect in Philly and Del.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As state officials are said to be considering a “stay at home” order (already in effect in Philadelphia and Delaware) and delaying the April primary until June 2, the statewide and local COVID-19 case load continues to grow, as does the death toll. As of Monday morning, Pennsylvania is reporting 479 cases in 33 counties and three deaths. Chester County is reporting...

Mr. President, we ARE scared, and you aren’t helping

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention. COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire, we see massive shortages of medical equipment and testing and a federal government paralyzed by a cult of personality, ignorance and lies. Thankfully, most of our state governors — including our Tom Wolf — have stepped up to partially fill the void of leadership. So, yes,...

Gov. declared pipeline work “non life-sustaining” shuts it down; COVID-19 cases grow in Chesco

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Work on the Mariner East II Pipeline was halted Friday, after Gov. Tom Wolf declared that fell under the category of “non life sustaining” business, meaning it falls under the COVID-19 shutdown order. State Sen. Andy Dinniman — a long-time opponent of the pipeline project — hailed the decision on social media, Friday afternoon. “I thank everyone who joined...