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Berks coroner reports 11 COVID deaths in a week

There were 11 COVID-19 deaths in the past week in Berks County, acting county Coroner Jonn M. Hollenbach said in an emailed statement Tuesday morning.

“We have crossed the 1,000 mark for deaths that occurred in Berks County since the first COVID-related death in March 2020,” he added.

The death toll within Berks is now 1,003. Pennsylvania has listed 1,056 for the deaths of Berks residents anywhere. The paperwork for several of the deaths in the coroner’s report will not yet have reached state offices.

The delta variant surge has entered its ninth week in Berks. On Monday, the state health department dashboard update showed a delta record for Berks with 152 new cases.

Tabulating the coroner’s individual cases Tuesday, eight of the deaths were women and the overall age range was 50 to 99, though 10 of the deaths were 61 and older.

All but one death were Berks residents. That was a 71-year-old Lebanon County woman who died in Penn State Health St. Joseph. Her death will count for Lebanon County in the state’s accounting.

Seven deaths occurred in hospitals — five in Reading and two in Penn State Health — and the rest in the residences of the victims.

Eight of the deaths occurred this month and three in August. The final count of COVID deaths for August was 13, and September is at eight.

One of the deaths, a 98-year-old Berks woman, was discovered by reconciling state statistics with the coroner’s office, Hollenbach said.

Though the average age of COVID patients in hospitals is much younger than in the previous surges, older people are still making up the bulk of the deaths.

The coroner’s COVID death toll for Berks peaked with 200 in January — a fifth of the pandemic — then fell off sharply to two by July.

Source: Berkshire mont

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