COVID-19 Update, March 31: Pa. cases, deaths continue to rise; Devon Horse Show cancelled

Updated 1:35 p.m.: Adds extension of essential services only through April 30 for Chester County. Updated 1:20 p.m.: Includes seven new counties under stay at home order. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in Pennsylvania and Chester County and the death toll in the commonwealth continues to rise. The state Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday that there are now...

COVID-19 Update, March 30: First death recorded in Chesco; state, local infections continue to rise

Updated, 3 pm: Adds four new counties under “stay at home” orders. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A map showing the cases of COVID-19 cases in Chester County as of March 30. Courtesy, Chester County Health Department. Chester County suffered its first fatality, Sunday, from the COVID-19 virus, county officials said Monday. The victim was an 89-year-old male who lived in Willistown Township...

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...

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...

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...

Wolf orders shutdown of all ‘non life-sustaining’ businesses

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf The lockdown to fight COVID-19 is getting teeth this weekend. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that the state would enforce the closure of all “non-life sustaining” businesses in the Commonwealth, effective, Saturday. “To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This...

Chesco agrees to provide Health Dept. services for Delco during COVID-19 crisis

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County and Delaware County officials announce an agreement for Chesco to prive health department services for Delco during the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 has taken its first life in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday — in Northampton County. Additionally, the state is reporting 185 cases, while Chester County is now reporting 10 cases within the county...

Wolf expands dining ban statewide, liquor stores close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania was placed on a virtual lockdown by Gov. Tom Wolf — joining five counties, including Chester County, that saw all non-essential businesses being asked to close for two weeks as part of the battle to fight the COVID-19 virus spread. Additionally, all bars and restaurants can no longer allow dine-in customers. The state is advising...

Wolf halts dine-in at all Chesco restaurants; two more COVID-19 cases ID’d in county

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday that all Chester County restaurants must end dine-in business immediately, as county officials revealed two more presumed positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Although all non-essential businesses in the county have been recommended to close for the time being, Wolf issued a mandatory order Sunday, which will remain in effect for at...

Wolf asks non-essential Chesco business to close down; 2nd COVID-19 case ID’d in county

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf is asking all non-essential businesses in Chester County and Bucks County to shut down, days after doing so in Montgomery and Delaware counties to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 virus — as county officials confirmed a second COVID-19 case has been identified in the county. “Over the past two days, we enacted significant social distancing in...