Health

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 ...

 

Mind Matters: Reframing 2020

Reframing is a tool of psychotherapy, particularly family therapy, in which you help a person see their problematic situation in a new light. Sometimes, the change of one word or a phrase can shift the perspective. I remember a colleague discussing with another colleague his concern about getting older and working less — he called that his withering. The astute ...

 

DelCo opens COVID-19 Call Center

Delaware County opened a COVID-19 Call Center on Monday, Jan. 25, to answer COVID-19 related questions from individuals, organizations, and businesses. The COVID-19 Call Center will be open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition to responding to phone calls, the Center will also respond to emailed inquiries. While the Call ...

 

Chester County processing vaccination changes

The Chester County Health Department is processing the impact of the recent changes made by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, moving those over the age of 65 and those 16-64 with certain medical conditions into Phase 1A. However, shortages in the number of vaccines remain. This change adds 90,000-plus eligible people to Phase 1A, a large increase of eligible ...

 

Y calls for Reset Challenge

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is offering a free six-week "Reset Challenge" to shake off the effects of last year. “[Twenty-twenty] was hard and has taken a toll on everyone in some way. Members of our community have experienced exhaustion, isolation, and in many cases, may just be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, which is why it’s time to reset,” a press ...

 

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 ...