Coroner

Death Certification during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Coroner Christina VandePol recently wrote an article on the challenges of death certification during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article, published in Chester County Medicine, can be found here.

Mission Statement


The Chester County Coroner's Office is an independent agency serving the citizens and honoring the deceased of the county by investigating the facts and circumstances concerning jurisdictional deaths which have occurred within Chester County. We determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent, and provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.

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Survivor's Guide


The Survivors Guide is provided by the Coroner's office to assist survivors with decision-making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.
Survivors Guide in Spanish (Guia Para La Familia)

Current Year Statistical Data

Coroner jurisdiction is over certain kinds of deaths (as detailed in State Statute Title 16 P.S., County Code) that occur within Chester County. The location of the event leading to the death or the residence of the decedent prior to death may in some cases be outside Chester County. Location of death is the governing factor in determining Coroner jurisdiction and inclusion in these data.

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Deaths
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Totals
COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
1
164
149
33
18
7
372
Presumed COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
19
Total COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
1
183
149
33
18
7
391

2020 Statistics

Manner of Death
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Totals
Natural
70
81
72
253
223
111
85
54
949
Accidental
21
30
20
19
20
11
25
12
158
Homicide
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Suicide
8
6
1
4
2
5
5
8
39
Pending
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
23
24
Undetermined
1
2
3
2
2
1
0
0
11
Non-Human Remains
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
Total Cases
100
120
96
278
248
129
115
97
1183

Case Type

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Total
Jurisdictional
52
65
44
232
214
82
77
65
831
Non-Jurisdictional
48
55
52
46
34
47
38
32
352
Totals
100
120
96
278
248
129
115
87
1183

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total
Drug Overdose
72
Fall
58
Motor Vehicle Accident
13
Drowning
4
Choking
4
Other
7
Total Cases
158

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total
Firearms
22
Hanging
12
Drug Overdose
1
Other
4
Total Cases
39

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total
Firearms
1
Total Cases
1

Undetermined

Type of Undetermined
Total
Undetermined
6
Overdose
5
Total Cases
11

Other Statistics

Other Statistics
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Total
Cremation Requests
269
244
231
351
320
239
230
201
2085
Autopsy Performed
28
19
8
10
17
9
17
24
132
Toxicology Draws Only
6
14
12
8
7
10
7
3
67
Organ Donors
2
4
3
4
3
2
4
5
27
* Statistics as of August 31, 2020

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