Health

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 ...

 

Mental health in age of COVID-19

These are not ordinary times as we cope with an unprecedented public health crisis. The most brilliant scientists all around the globe are working to stop the spread of COVID-19, to inoculate all of us, and to prevent this from happening again. They are focusing on our physical bodies, our immune systems, and our fortitude in beating down symptoms. Not as tangible, ...

 

Mind Matters: Crisis as opportunity

How quickly life can change. Got to admit, I never expected life to change all across the globe so abruptly. Not so abruptly perhaps if you are a scientist paying attention to the signals from China or a self-serving politician who figured the stock market would tank because he had been forewarned of an imminent pandemic. Now that we are quarantined en masse, how ...

 

UCF suspends travel to MontCo

Amid continuing concerns over COVID-19, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District now considers all of Montgomery County to be an area of infection. As such, the district has suspended student- and staff-travel to MontCo. The action is one of several — including the closure of Unionville High School and CF Patton Middle School for Tuesday, March 10 — because a ...

 

Two U-CF schools closed for COVID cleanup

Unionville- Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville has ordered Unionville High and CF Patton Middle schools closed today because a student was reportedly exposed to COVID-19. The order came after the school board adopted a pandemic action plan during it's March 9 work session. In a letter on the district website, Sanville wrote: “The ...

 

New digs for Chadds Ford chiropractor

For almost 17 years, Dr. Jim Cesca, of Cesca Family Chiropractic, has been practicing out of the little strip mall just east of Painters Crossing Condominiums in Chadds Ford. This week he officially moved into another office in the Chadds Ford Business Campus. The new office is on the second floor — room 203 — at 1204 Baltimore Pike, the same building as Premier ...

 

New A-fib procedure for strokes at Crozer

In the coming weeks, Crozer-Keystone Health System will begin performing WATCHMAN device implantation. It’s intended for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, which is an irregular heart rhythm that increases your risk of a stroke. Crozer-Keystone is the first to offer WATCHMAN in Delaware County. You may benefit from the procedure if you are a ...

 

Mind Matters: Thoughts are not facts

How about some fireside non-fiction reading for winter hibernation? When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression by Stuart J. Eisendrath, M.D., would be a good start. This psychiatrist’s antidote to depression taps into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Depression may be fleeting unhappiness or a temporary ...