Pa., Chesco pause use of J&J COVID vaccine

Following a recommendation from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both the state of Pennsylvania and Chester County announced Tuesday that their respective health departments would pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, pending a study of a rare but dangerous blood clotting issue that may be related to...

Barsoum named new Director of Chesco Voter Services

Karen Barsoum WEST CHESTER — After a lengthy search, Chester County has its new leader for managing the election process. On Tuesday, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced the appointment of Karen Barsoum as Director of Chester County’s Department of Voter Services.

Jakatt named CCIU’s Heart of Learning Award finalist

Jessica Jakatt COATESVILLE — Traditionally, when we think of heroes, those that come to mind fly around in capes, defeat supervillains and save entire cities from destruction. These comic book heroes are fun and inspiring, but as our current situation has undoubtedly shown, the real-life heroes of today are the ones putting on medical scrubs, working at the grocery store and teaching our children...

County: Everyone over age 16 eligible for COVID vaccine

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you’ve been waiting patiently for the COVID-19 vaccine, Chester County has news for you: it is now your turn if you are over age 16. The county Health Department announced Friday that appointments will not be available for all adults, more than a week earlier than federal guidelines required. The expansion comes in part because the county...

Chester County’s Envirothon to return virtually

Students throughout Chester County love to compete in the Envirothon every year. This year’s event will be virtual, and organizers hope that next year, the Chester County Envirothon will return to in-person competition at Hibernia Park. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Envirothon, a schools-based tradition that challenges students’ knowledge of the natural environment, continues this year,...

County to host Open Space Summit, April 29

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, along with leaders of Chester County’s Planning Commission and Parks + Preservation, are hosting the annual Open Space Summit on Thursday, April 29. The Summit includes a report on Chester County’s 2020 open space preservation achievements and ongoing commitment to the program, and will take...

Kennett Mushroom Festival to return in 2021

KENNETT SQUARE — After a one-year absence due to COVID-19, one of the county’s most beloved and best attended events will return in 2021: The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. The 36th Annual Mushroom Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, according to an announcement by the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival Committee this week. The Committee also unveiled the...

County launches Teen Talk Line to aid mental health and wellness

WEST CHESTER — Chester County teens now have a new tool for mental health and wellness. A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds, is now taking calls and texts to support young people who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated, or confused. The National Institute of Mental Health notes that young people may be more vulnerable to stress and developing mental health conditions,...

Chesco to participate in events to combat opioid epidemic

WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services (CCDDAS) recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have on our communities, and notes that the opioid and overdose crisis, along with other substance use disorders are still extremely prevalent. In some ways, the crisis is exacerbated by the pandemic. In a continued effort to prevent further Opioid...

Chesco Health launches new vaccine reg. system; everyone in 1A eligible for appointments

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Health Department has launched a new vaccine registration system for its COVID-19 vaccine program. The new system helps everyone who has already registered with the county health department to easily book a vaccine appointment, and ensures appointments are allocated specifically to the individuals who are being contacted. An email sent this morning to all Phase...