WEST READING — Tower Health is proud to support its communities during this unprecedented time of crisis for our region, our country, and the world. During this time of critical community need, many have come forward to ask how they can help. Below details some of the ways individuals can aid in our response and support healthcare providers. 

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WEST CHESTER — As West Chester University prepares to launch alternate modes of instruction (Zoom, Skype, conference calling, and email) for the remote education of students on March 30, the university announces a temporary new “opt-in” grading system for all undergraduate and graduate students for the spring 2020 semester and until the disruption to the learning environment lessens from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AUDUBON — Methacton High School graduates Debanik Purkayastha and Jeffrey Li have put their technological skills to good use by creating Covaid, a website to help the area’s most vulnerable residents amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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LOWER MORELAND -- Lower Moreland Township School District instituted its distance learning plan after Gov. Tom Wolf’s extended his school closure order to April 6. The earliest LMTSD will reopen is April 13 since spring break is scheduled for April 6-10.

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NORRISTOWN — A home camera system recorded a nanny for a Whitpain family striking the infant for whom she was caring on the head and now a judge has sent the one time caregiver to jail for abuse.

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With a “Stay at Home” order in effect in Chester County, residents may unexpectedly find themselves indoors with little to keep their minds occupied. Binge-watching can only go so far, after all.

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LIMERICK — Three young people have been charged with burglarizing three township businesses last Friday in the midst of the confusion surrounding the closing of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia man faces rape and burglary charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman after entering her Upper Moreland residence uninvited.

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BLUE BELL — Grace Baptist Church volunteers acted with grace as they worked to shelter three families experiencing homelessness this month through the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, while cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally.

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EAGLEVILLE — Montgomery County officials reported a second coronavirus death in the county, the first positive cases in several municipalities including Lansdale and Trappe and revealed they’ve received “a handful of reports” about ethnic intimidation against Asian residents of the county during the epidemic.

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PHILADELPHIA — In what it calls an “unprecedented” move, PECO has announced it will reconnect customers whose electricity or gas has been disconnected by the company.

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NORRISTOWN — The lawyer for a Hatfield man accused of fatally beating and strangling his live-in girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter in October 2016 wants a judge to prohibit prosecutors from presenting what he says are “inflammatory” autopsy photographs of the child to jurors.

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Area residents with questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 and the current response in Chester County and Pennsylvania can participate in a live Telephone Town Hall set for Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced.

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NORRISTOWN — The coronavirus outbreak in Montgomery County and the related emergency closure of the courts has forced a delay in the preliminary hearing for the Perkiomen man accused of killing his girlfriend and using his cellphone to record her injured and lifeless body.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued additional guidelines Monday following his “stay at home” order for seven Pennsylvania counties, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. The following information on permissible activities and exempt persons was taken from the governor’s website verbatim.

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NORRISTOWN — A Norristown man already awaiting trial for his alleged role in the 2018 overdose death of an Upper Merion man must answer to additional charges in Montgomery County Court that he ran from the scene of a two-vehicle crash in the borough that killed a Hatfield motorcyclist.

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EAGLEVILLE — As Montgomery County continues to see an increase in positive coronavirus cases, evidence of community spread, officials said they support the governor’s stay-at-home order issued on Monday for county residents.

AMBLER — Wissahickon School District’s Superintendent James Crisfield offered an update to concerned parents and guardians as a COVID-19 outbreak prompted the closure of school districts across the state.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Due to the degree of uncertainty about the next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because the health and safety of the community is of the utmost importance, the board of directors and race director of The Willowdale Steeplechase have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s running of the Willowdale Steeplechase.

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Unless the spread of coronavirus can be kept from spiking, hospitals in the greater Philadelphia and greater Reading regions do not have enough beds to handle the influx of patients, according to a database created by the non-profit news service ProPublica.