Health

PAWS teams now therapy ambassadors

PAWS for People, the Newark -based pet therapy organization just added two more stars to its list of accomplishments. A group of pet therapy teams from PAWS was selected to be members of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team and, at the same time, took part in Bark Ranger training at the Valley Forge National Historical Park. As members of the National ...

 
 

ChesCo health OKs vaccine for 12-15 year-olds

Following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15, Chester County Health Department officials will offer the Pfizer vaccine at its walk-in or drive-thru clinic locations, with or without an appointment, from beginning Thursday morning, May 13.   The Pfizer vaccine will be available without ...

 

At-home vaccinations available

As part of its effort to ensure every eligible Chester County resident who chooses to have a COVID-19 vaccine is able to receive one, the Chester County Health Department has partnered with local emergency medical services agencies to schedule at-home vaccine appointments for those who are unable to attend a vaccine clinic. Through the partnership, advanced emergency ...

 

Mind Matters — Vaccinated yet?

I am vaccinated against COVID-19, are you? This is not a question to shame anyone, but a question of curiosity. My husband and I are now fully vaccinated. In fact, both my adult children and my son-in-law are vaccinated as well. For the first time in over a year, we have dined outdoors at a restaurant with friends, who are also vaccinated. Yet I know family members ...

 

Council appoints health board members

Delaware County Council appointed five members to the Delaware County Board of Health last week. The appointments were made as part of a strategic plan to create a County Health Department, slated to open in January 2022. Creating a board of health is a prerequisite by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in order to be recognized as a county health department. The ...

 

Vaccine appointments available

The Chester County Health Department announced yesterday that everyone age 16 and over who lives and works in Chester County is now eligible to schedule an appointment to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, a press release said. The move by the county health department brings forward the eligibility dates for Phase 1C and Phase 2, originally directed by the State to ...

 

New vaccine registration system in ChesCo

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, according to a new press ...

 

Mind Matters: Meandering thoughts

January 2021—Snow Fall I was at the kitchen sink looking out at the snow falling. A flash of memory comes. I remember when my cousin John, college friend Joanne, and I walked at night in a snowstorm — we trekked from my parents’ new home all the way past town to a bridge outcropping on the Delaware River, probably a part of the steel mill then. What I remember is the ...

 

Winter weather deaths investigated

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has investigated seven winter weather-related fatalities so far this year. Hypothermia — dangerously low body temperature — caused or contributed to the deaths of six Chester County residents. Of those six, four persons were found outdoors and two died inside homes with inadequate or no heat. The ages of these decedents ranged from ...

 

Drive-thru COVID testing at Mercy Fitzgerald

Delaware County will conduct public drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby through Friday, February 26. Those wishing to be tested must register. 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 COVID-19, or are ...

 

Brandywine Hospital offering new COVID-19 treatment

Brandywine Hospital – Tower Health received doses of the recently approved COVID-19 drug bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody to treat individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. The drug, developed by Eli Lilly, was approved by the FDA for patients 12 years and older under “emergency use authorization,” according to a press release This status allows new medications that ...