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Mind Matters: Hope in COVID time

Americans across the political spectrum may be more in tune with each other than they realize. Even though measures taken to handle the spread of the Coronavirus have been politicized, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association shows that there is consensus among Republicans and Democrats about prevention measures to ...

 
 

Overdose deaths down in ChesCo

The Chester County Coroner’s Office is releasing data on drug overdose deaths in Chester County from Jan. 1, through June 30. A total of 58 deaths have been confirmed to be due to an accidental drug overdose. This is fewer than the 68 overdose deaths reported mid-way through 2019, but the Coroner’s Office cautioned that it is not possible to accurately predict a ...

 

Another heat advisory in effect

Another heat advisory is o effect for the greater Delaware Valley through 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. Heat index values to range from 100 to 104. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses, according to the weather advisory. People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and ...

 

COVID cases up, deaths down

Chester and Delaware counties are reporting different aspects of how COVID -19 is affecting residents. Chester County is reporting a decrease in nursing home deaths related to the Coronavirus, while Delaware County is reporting an increase in the number of cases for residents younger than 30 years of age, according to press releases the counties issued. The Chester ...

 

Chadds Ford man earns health scholarship

Chadds Ford’s Nicholas Scull owes his career choice to his grandmother. She’s the person who got him a job as a hospital orderly 14 years ago, and now the 38-year-old father of two is on his way to a degree in public safety — with the help of a scholarship from Crozer Hospital EMS. Scull, a working paramedic, is one of six recipients of the Robert C. Reeder ...

 

Heat advisory continues

The National Weather Service is continuing its heat advisory from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. tonight, July 22. A heat index of up to 104 is expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. People are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young ...

 

Mind Matters: A diary in COVID time

June 9, 2020 Last week we had an outing to a New England beach where the water was stinging cold. It was our first adventure into stationary social distancing — that is, sitting on a beach for hours with other people albeit a good distance away. It was almost a normal event with granddaughters playing in the sand and the water and with us enjoying a picnic. After our ...

 

Most COVID deaths from long-term facilities

The Chester County Coroner’s office is reporting that more than 83 percent of the COVID-19-related deaths in the county involved residents of long-term care facilities. The office updated a previous report on Monday, May 18, saying of the 274 conformed or probable COVID-19 deaths in the county from March 28-May 17, 229 — or 83.6 percent — were residents of those ...

 

Mind Matters: Reframing reality

Recently, one of my cousins died suddenly—not of Covid-19, but of a heart attack. In “normal” times, such an event would have had all the extended family gathering together out of the diaspora we have become. Instead, her family will mark her death privately until a later date. There will be no great convening of large families now. The rituals of life and death have ...

 

Mind Matters: Reflections in the time of COVID-19

Welcome to the new normal of social distancing. A month ago, it seemed surreal to be doing the six-feet apart dance and seeing no one, but it is becoming eerily status quo. My personal life has changed in that I am reaching back in time when I was the mother of two tiny tots living in the middle of nowhere Western Pennsylvania. Now I am the grandmother of two tiny ...

 

Emergency hospital leaving DelCo

With more COVID-19 patients recovering at home and more beds and equipment allocated to hospitals, the emergency field hospital at The Glen Mills School is moving upstate. National Guard personnel began began bringing equipment for the field hospital in the school's gymnasium on March 28, and it was ready for use in two days, but it wasn't needed. However, 100 of the ...