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Berks adds 5 COVID deaths

Berks County has added five deaths to its COVID-19 pandemic total as the county continues to see elevated case numbers amid a second omicron variant surge.

According to the weekly report from the Berks County coroner’s office released Tuesday, the county added four new COVID deaths to its pandemic total last week and also had a death previously classified as non-COVID changed to a COVID death.

The new deaths were a 78-year-old woman, an 86-year-old woman, an 80-year-old man and a 71-year-old man.

One of the deaths occurred at the person’s home, two took place in Reading Hospital and one occurred in Penn State Health St. Joseph hospital.

The coroner’s office also reported that the June 25 death of an 84-year-old woman at her home has been reclassified as a COVID death after further review by a physician.

The deaths reported Tuesday bring the total number of confirmed COVID deaths in Berks to 1,483. That county has also had 26 deaths that have been ruled probable COVID deaths, making for a total of 1,509.

The coroner’s office reported three deaths in its report last week, and two deaths in its report two weeks ago.

According to the state Department of Health, which reports the deaths of Berks residents no matter where they die, a total of 1,627 county residents have died of COVID during the pandemic.

Source: Berkshire mont

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