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...

COVID-19 Update, April 6: Cases, deaths continue to rise

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A map of the cases — by percentage of population — as of April 6 in Chester County. Courtesy, Chester County Health Department. The rate of COVID-19 infections continue to grow in the state and in Chester County, based on new numbers released Monday. The State Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,470 new positive tests and 12 fatalities in 65 of the state’s...

Is it time to start your Victory over virus Garden?

By Tony Buck, Special to The Times Food security must now be on the minds of Chester County residents during this Coronavirus outbreak.  And it’s about time! According to the Delaware Valley Region Planning Commission Food Study, we grow about 6% of our food in the Greater Philadelphia area. Most of our food comes from California in our spring and summer, and during fall and winter, from south of...

COVID-19 Update, April 4: State passes 10K cases, 34 news deaths reported; Chesco number continue to grow

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The rates of both infections and fatalities continues to grow statewide, as Pennsylvania saw 1,597 new cases and 34 additional deaths yesterday from the COVID-19 virus. There are now more than 10,000 cases — 10,017 — in 64 of the state’s 67 counties. In Chester County, the rates of infection rose — according to the state Department of Health (numbers from the...

What To Do: If you can’t go to your favorite attractions, go virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times With the COVID-19 forcing everyone to remain at home, the situation is ripe for a case of restlessness and spells of boredom to set in. Under normal circumstances, a good way for families to shed the shackles of boredom is to take a trip to an amusement park. Physically, that’s not possible right now. Fortunately, it is possible virtually. The are...

COVID-19 Update, April 3: Pa. death toll climbs past 100, more than 8K positive tests

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Pennsylvania passed a solemn benchmark, marking the 100th death in the state from COVID-19, as positive test results jumped 1,404 to a total of 8,420 statewide. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reported 12 new deaths Thursday — bringing the state total of fatalities to 102. “The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19...

Music Spotlight: Colin Hay says ‘see you next year’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Colin Hay On April 5, Colin Hay was supposed to perform a show at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, but we all know that that’s not happening now. On March 24, his management announced, “In response to COVID-19, the Colin Hay Sunday, April 5th, 2020 show at Keswick Theatre, in Glenside, PA has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 7th, 2021.” It...

COVID-19 Update, April 2: Cases spike statewide, locally; two deaths reported in Chesco

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The official map of COVID-19 cases in Chester County as provided by the Chester County Health Department on April 2. Case numbers of COVID-19 spiked sharply both statewide and in Chester County yesterday — with the report of two more deaths in the county on Wednesday. Statewide, the state Department of Health jumped by 1,211 to a total of 7,016 with 16 new deaths,...

When it comes to the pipeline, what the heck is Wolf thinking?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So here’s the thing: I can’t get a bottle of tequila, but somehow, Energy Transfer/Sunoco (ET/S) can keep on building Mariner East II and — based on numerous photos circulating on social media — is completely ignoring social distancing rules. I get there is a crisis on — so the margaritas can wait for a better day. But building a pipeline? It’s a priority. Wait,...

COVID-19 Update, April 1: Wolf makes ‘Stay at Home’ statewide; positive test results spike in Pa, growth in Chesco

Updated 3:30 p.m.: Gov. Wolf expands stay at home to entire state. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COVID-19 cases grew sharply in one day in Pennsylvania, spiking to 5,805 cases in 60 counties — an increase of nearly 1,000 in a day — and 14 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 74. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf extended his ‘Stay At Home’ order to the entire commonwealth,...