Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020                                                                             

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contact: Aigner Cleveland

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Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland Requests COVID-19 Testing Site After First Cases of Virus Confirmed in Chester

As of March 22, data and maps provided by the Chester County Health Department indicate two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Chester. 


(CHESTER, PA) –   The city of Chester Office of Emergency Management has announced that two adults in the city have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).   According to data and maps aggregated by the Chester County Health Department and in coordination with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, the two adults are females, ages 63 and 71. 


            “This administration has been in constant communication with the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator Fire Commissioner William Rigby IV,” said Mayor Kirkland.  “We are not surprised that cases have been confirmed in our city that is why we have been issuing daily briefings and updates to our residents related to COVID-19. Our city officials are following all of the recommendations given to us. The city’s Office of Emergency Management has been doing an amazing job keeping us updated, which is a tough task because this issue is very fluid and sensitive.


As numbers are steadily increasing in this area, I am requesting that a COVID-19 testing site be placed in the city of Chester. I intend to speak to the appropriate officials in the next coming days to ensure that this request is granted.  While our numbers are small now, I want to ensure that residents here have quick access to testing services.”


The city of Chester has created a Coronavirus Resource page.  The resource page provides residents with daily briefings issued by the city of Chester Office of Emergency Management, food distribution sites for students and food pantry locations. 


 In addition to city updates and services, the page highlights recommendations and other helpful links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office and Delaware County. 


City of Chester’s Coronavirus Resource Page:


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