Health

Vaccinations continue despite shortage

Delaware County is continuing to vaccinate specific personnel cited in the Phase 1A portion of the program despite a shortage of vaccine. “Due to the limited supply of the vaccine, healthcare workers, EMS staff, long-term care facilities, and medical examiner and funeral staff are the priority for vaccination distribution,” a press release said. To date, 12,343 ...

 
 

DelCo conducting drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Delaware County will continue to conduct public drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby and the US Army Reserve in Upland on select dates during the week of January 11. Testing will be available for insured and uninsured individuals 12 years of age or older who live or work in Delaware County and have COVID-19 symptoms, were exposed to ...

 

DelCo wants vaccine volunteer help

An additional 1,000 volunteers are needed to support the County’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The Citizen Corps of Delaware County is planning to significantly expand its volunteer base and is currently recruiting and training to meet this critical goal. While Delaware County has already begun vaccinations for the segment of the population classified as ...

 

No time set for second phase of vaccinations

While it’s been reported that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has not gone as quickly as anticipated, health officials in Delaware County are gearing up for Phase 1B priority group, according to a press release. However, there’s no time frame on when the second phase will begin. Currently, people in the Phase 1A group — healthcare workers, EMS workers, residents and ...

 

Wolf lifts latest COVID restrictions

The COVID-19 mitigation efforts that Gov. Tom Wolf ordered on Dec. 12 will be lifted as scheduled on Jan. 4, the governor said today. Those restrictions — the 10-person indoor and 25-person outdoor gathering limits, the bans on indoor dining, gyms, bars, entertainment facilities, and extra-curricular activities — will be gone as of 8 a.m. Monday. Wolf said those ...

 

Department issues quarantine guidance

Chester County Health Department issued a set of quarantine guidelines that are in effect today, Dec. 14. Currently, individuals who are in close contact with individuals with COVID-19 or have traveled and not received a negative test result must quarantine. The use and adherence to quarantine requirements continues to be a strong public health measure to mitigate ...

 

Mind Matters: The I, the we, and the common good

The challenge of balancing the I and the We has been with us for thousands of years. The philosopher Plato grappled with it in terms of the “one” versus the “many.” Psychotherapists, with an eye to family dynamics, see the dance of the I and the We played out in the lives of their clients. There is little distance from the philosophical to the psychotherapeutic to ...

 

Mind Matters: Psychology in 2020

COVID-19 has transformed the lives of all of us, whether we are in denial of its lethality and contagion or not. The most recent American Psychological Association bulletin, Monitor on Psychology, also looks at how, not only COVID-19, but other events of 2020 have transformed psychology — and all of us. Ironic how the year 2020 has been quite the re-envisioning of ...

 

Fundraising goes virtual for rare disease

"Pampered Chef cares about making things easier for families," said Erin Stuckey, the party consultant for the Pampered Chef Fundraiser. The company makes quality kitchen products and now hosts parties online. "They want to get people around the table preparing food together." Stuckey is donating her full commission to NF2 Biosolutions Her introduction to NF2, ...

 

COVID hits Garnet Valley High School

The Garnet Valley School District is reporting a case of COVID-19 at the high school. District Superintendent Marc Bertrando sent a letter this morning that the Chester County Health Department was notified. Chester County is taking the lead in COVID matters because Delaware County does not have its own health department. Middle and high school students in the ...

 

Mind Matters: COVID and kindness

My granddaughter has been asking me a lot of questions about the past lately. Now that this 4-and-a-half-year-old has been home with me rather than in daycare, we have a lot of time together. She loves to tell and draw stories, but she also wants to hear real-life stories about her mother as a child, and even about me, her grandmother as a child. If COVID time has ...