What To Do: Yellow Status means get ‘out’ — but be smart about it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jenkins Arboretum “Yellow” is not the most positive word in the English language. Even though it is associated with sunshine, cheerfulness and warmth, yellow carries a surprising number of negative connotations. Psychologically, yellow means happiness and optimism. It is the color of sun shining, or bright light and creativity. It is believed...

COVID-19 Update, April 21: State’s death toll passes 1,500

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa While the toll on Pennsylvania and Chester County from COVID-19 is evident, new information gathered by the state Department of Health (DOH) suggests the amount of loss to the virus statewide has been heavier than originally thought. DOH has been updating how it gathers information on COVID-19 deaths and added 360 new fatalities to the overall statewide...

COVID-19 Update, April 15: Pa. case numbers slide, as cases, deaths tick up in Chester Co.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As the state legislature debates a bill that would reopen some Pennsylvania businesses, statewide cases continued a slow slide, as fatalities continued to mount — and Chester County saw an uptick in both cases and deaths from COVID-19. The sate Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,145 new positive cases — bringing the statewide total to 26,490 — and 63 new deaths,...

COVID-19 Update, April 10: Cases, deaths spike again in Pa., Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Some parts of the country may be seeing an apex in COVID-19 cases, it appears both Pennsylvania and Chester County are not there yet, as both new cases and deaths spiked again on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) said there were 1,751 new cases reported, bringing the state’s total to 19,979; deaths also increased to 78, boosting the statewide...

COVID-19 Update, April 9: Wolf moves to close schools for remainder of the year

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf moved Thursday to end all in person school instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, as the state added nearly 2,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, although the number of deaths dropped to 29 on Wednesday after having been in the 70s the previous two days. Wolf announced the extension of the schools closure, noting he made the decision in...

COVID-19 Update, April 8: Cases, deaths continue to rise in Pennsylvania

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A map of Chester County showing the percent of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 8. Courtesy Chester County Health Department. Pennsylvania continues to add positive COVID-19 test results and had another difficult day in terms of fatalities, according to the state Department of Health (DOH). DOH said there were 1,680 new positive tests, bringing...

COVID-19 Update, April 7: Pa. deaths spike; Wolf denounces racism

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Deaths related to COVID-19 spiked sharply Monday, as the state Department of Health reported 78 new fatalities caused by the virus in the state, as additional positive tests grew by 1,579. So, far, according to DOH, 240 Pennsylvanians have died in the pandemic and more than 12,000 Americans have died, according to Centers for Disease Control. DOH reports 14,449 total...

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...

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...

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...