Coroner: COVID death rate dropping

The Chester County Coroner’s Office Monday issued a brief press release saying the number of COVID-19-related deaths in the county dropped last week. The release said there were 39 such deaths last week, down from 56 the week ending April 19.

The number of COVID-19 deaths is dropping, according to the Chester County Coroner's Office.

“This is encouraging,” said Coroner Christina VandePol. “While we mourn the loss of 39 more souls to the novel coronavirus pandemic this past week, we are finally seeing an effect from all the sacrifices everyone is making. There are still new hot spots popping up, so no one should think it’s over, but we are hopeful this downward trend will continue.”

The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Chester County occurred on March 28, with rapid increases in the number of deaths reported weekly thereafter. As of midnight May 3, the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths reported to the Coroner’s Office since March 28 was 196. The Coroner’s Office counts all deaths that occur within Chester County, regardless of the residence of the decedent.

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