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24 COVID deaths in a week, Berks coroner says

The Berks County coroner’s office reported 24 COVID-19 deaths for last week, about 20% of the total of 123 deaths handled by the office for that period.

The deaths were heavily male, two with COVID as a contributing cause and the fourth-youngest person of the pandemic.

The monthly total of deaths increased to 33 and the pandemic total rose to 1,285.

The statistics released Monday showed:

• 22 of the 24 were Berks residents.

• Age range was 27 to 97.

• 16 were men.

• 16 died in the Berks hospitals, with Reading Hospital having 12.

• 8 died in residences, of which two were nursing homes.

• 1 person tested positive for COVID for the first time after his death, a 58-year-old.

The 27-year-old man was from Lancaster County. He had significant contributing pre-existing medical conditions, officials said.

The only younger deaths were a 3-year-old boy in January 2021, a 20-year-old woman in April 2020 and a 24-year-old man in May 2020.

His death and the other out-of-county resident won’t count in the state total of deaths among Berks residents.

The coroner reports deaths within a county, and the state registers deaths by county when the paperwork reaches the records office via email or Postal Service.

This story will be updated after the Pennsylvania Department of Health updates its pandemic dashboard.

Source: Berkshire mont

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