It’s time to stand up against GOP’s abusive relationship with America

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you grew up in an abusive household, as I did, the last four years probably seemed a lot like an echo of days gone past, but writ large. The denial of truth, the gaslighting, the abusive behavior and the cruelty for the sake of cruelty are staples of an abusive relationship and, it seems to be mainstream Republican politics now. For years, I was...

Chesco opens pre-registration for COVID vaccinations

WEST CHESTER — Residents of Chester County can now pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine by completing a form found on the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 web page. The form for all individuals age 16 and over who live and work in Chester County can be found at www.chesco.org/covidvaccine. Completion of the form registers a person’s interest in receiving the vaccine, and the information...

County officials lay out COVID-19 vaccination plan

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The Chester County Health Department laid out the vaccine plan to battle COVID-19 during a detailed presentation to the public, Tuesday, even as the first phase of inoculations were under way for health care workers in the county. All three County Commissioners, County Administrator Bobby Kagel and County Health Director Jeanne Casner detailed the...

County Health reveals COVID vaccination plans

WEST CHESTER — Working in tandem with state and federal guidance, Chester County health officials are planning to begin a schedule of phase 1 vaccinations by the end of December. Initial Phase 1 groups include EMS providers, all types of healthcare personnel, the elderly and persons with high risk medical conditions. Chester County Health Department staff have been meeting with local healthcare...

Coatesville VA begins use of Moderna COVID vaccine for staff, residents

henita Clark, Unit Manager for 138A of our Community Living Center, becomes the first Coatesville VA Medical Center employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Constance Fagan, Registered Nurse on Monday. CALN — Coatesville VA Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccinations with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Monday following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization...

Coroner: COVID deaths spiking in county, again

Chester County Coroner Office Transporter T.J. Greene disinfects a vehicle between transports.Courtesy Chester County Coroner Office The Chester County Coroner Office is reporting a second surge in COVID-19 deaths in Chester County. After a slowdown in infections and deaths during the summer months, 136 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since October 1, with 82 in the first 3 weeks of...

Not content with taking your vote away, apparently Republicans also want you to die

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa This was going to be a column about the non-trivial issue of politicians seeking to disenfranchise millions of voters literally because they didn’t like how the election went, but COVID-19, being COVID-19, the virus pushed itself back to front and center in the headlines again Thursday. With cases spiraling — especially in the central part of...

Coatesville declares state of emergency due to COVID

COATESVILLE — On the heels of Governor Wolf’s December 10 Limited-Time Mitigation Order that remains in effect through January 4, 2021, the City of Coatesville has declared a State of Emergency that outlines proactive measures beginning Sunday, December 13. “Despite mitigation efforts implemented previously, COVID-19 cases in Coatesville continue to escalate,” says Coatesville City Manager...

COVID-19 Update, Dec. 10: Gov. Wolf orders 3 week closure of indoor dining, gyms, school activities to slow virus surge

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf announced a series of new restrictions Thursday afternoon for the three weeks starting at midnight Friday, including a band on indoor dining at restaurants, closure of gyms, music venues, museums, halting of extra-curricular activities and sports in schools and limiting indoor gatherings through Jan. 4, 2021, with the hope of stopping...

Commissioners declare state of emergency due to COVID resurgance

WEST CHESTER – At this week’s public meeting, the Chester County Commissioners approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency, effective from Dec. 1 for 90 days.  The declaration is pursuant to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code and is “in response to the significant, increased health, emergency and safety concerns presented by the coronavirus.” By approving and signing...