Chesco school districts poised to resume in-person classes

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Some Chester County school districts moved this week to bring students and teachers back into county classrooms as early as October — with one school district formally approving a plan this week to reopen school buildings next month. Meanwhile, school districts around the county approved a return to interscholastic sports practices this week and games...

Third Webinar on on business reopening, June 18

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will host the third in a series of free webinars on Thursday June 18th, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. This webinar will feature business coaching group SCORE and will explore the services and resources that are available to help businesses navigate the yellow phase of reopening. To join the webinar, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82531395058. This...

Commissioners announce government reopening plan as Chester County moves to Yellow

WEST CHESTER — Twelve weeks after moving to essential services-only, Chester County Government and Courts are preparing to open the doors once again of county facilities on Market Street and Westtown Road, as well as the Magisterial District Courts throughout the county.  But, officials note, the doors will be open with caution and with some restrictions, to ensure the safety of staff and the public,...

COVID-19 Update, May 21: After County pushes for Yellow status, Carnegie-Mellon report appears to say ‘not so fast’

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa As Chester County leaders push Gov. Tom Wolf to move the county to Yellow status on June 4, there is some immediate good news: as of today, you can get your favorite cocktail to go from your favorite bar or eatery (assuming they’re open) to take home and enjoy. And maybe some bad news: on the heels of the county request, the state released the first...

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...

COVID-19 Update, May 15: 13 counties move to Yellow, 12 more announced for next week

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa With 13 counties moving to a more open “Yellow” status today in the fight against COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 12 more counties had met state criteria and would move to Yellow next Friday: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. By next week, a total of 49 counties will...

COVID-19 Update, May 5: New cases look to be edging downward, statewide

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Pennsylvania is clearly either seeing a plateau or gradual decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, but the toll of the virus becomes clear as the state Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday it discovered an additional 554 new deaths over the last two weeks as new data was compiled statewide. DOH reported 865 new cases Tuesday, bringing the total of...

COVID-19 Update, May 1: Wolf to start reopening in 22 counties; Chester likely to among last to open

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf began the slow process of reopening the state Friday by saying 22 counties will shift from from fully closed — or red status — to partially open — or yellow status — on next Friday, May 8. The 24 counties that will move from red to yellow on May 8 are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie,...

COVID-19 Update, April 23: Wolf unveils plan for reopening as new case numbers stabilize

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a plan to start reopening the state in three phases — with some portions of the north-central and northwest portions of the state likely to see the first steps back toward an open economy as soon as May 8. Chester County — part of the southeast region of the plan — probably won’t meet the criteria at that point, but could...

COVID-19 Update, April 17: Wolf reveals reopen plan; Chesco Coroner says deaths 2X higher than previously revealed; new case numbers spike

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic might be coming under control were dampened as both Pennsylvania and Chester County reported higher infection numbers for the second straight day — and it appears the death toll in Chester County has been much higher than previously reported. Still, Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a three-phase plan to eventually reopen the state. Wolf...