COVID-19 Update: Wolf lays down the law with rebel counties, even as Trump Tweets support for lawlessness

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times, @mikemncgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf Gov. Tom Wolf laid down the law Monday, literally, making it clear that counties and states that chose to ignore his emergency pandemic business shut down orders would face consequences ranging from loss of federal COVID-19 recovery funding, loss of insurance, licenses and other civil penalties, even as President Donald Trump took to Twitter...

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...

COVID 19 Update, May 7: Wolf expected to add more counties to Yellow status

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa As statewide COVID-19 cases continue to sit at a relative plateau, as published reports said  Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to announce more counties Friday that will move from closed (Red) to partially open (Yellow) but it seems unlikely that Chester County will be among those counties. Meanwhile Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced an extension...

COVID-19 Update, May 4: States announce deal to work together for medical supplies; new cases appear to be trending down

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The chart of new cases, blue and negative tests, in aqua, from the Chester County Health Department as of May 4. As the state Department of Health (DOH) continues to report a gradual slowing of new COVID-19 cases, residents in 24 counties prepare to enjoy a bit more of an open life later this week — as health officials cautioned the importance of social...

COVID-19 Update, April 30: State case load stabilizes, county cases continue to grow

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa New cases of the COVID-19 virus continued bounce up and down statewide — up slightly on Wednesday — as Pennsylvania seems to be more in a plateau than a true decline — although Chester County has seen four straight days of higher numbers; meanwhile, state Labor and Industry Department officials are offering tips for those trying to navigate the...

COVID-19 Update, April 28: Wolf moves to reopen outdoor recreation facilities

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mmcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf is slowly easing restriction prompted by the COVID-19 pendemic, announcing Monday a limited reopening of outdoor recreational activities including golf, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned camp grounds, as the latest new case numbers ticked up slightly. As of May 1, the recreational facilities may reopen, but are required to follow...

COVID-19 Update, April 22: Case numbers continue to slide; Wolf pushes for mail-in voting

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The slow — but downward — slope of new COVID-19 cases continued Tuesday, as it appears that Pennsylvania and Chester County continued to show signs Tuesday of having passed the worst in the current pandemic. Still, even with the good news, state Department of Health (DOH) officials caution that social distancing measures “bent the curve” and folks...

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 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...