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.

Philadelphia Memorial Park Unclaimed Cremains Interment October 2020

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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
Sept
Oct
Totals
COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
1
164
149
33
18
8
15
7
388
Presumed COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
Total COVID-19 Deaths
0
0
1
183
149
33
18
8
15
7
407

2020 Statistics

Manner of Death
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Totals
Natural
70
81
72
253
223
112
85
60
84
80
1120
Accidental
21
30
20
19
20
11
25
23
23
17
209
Homicide
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
3
Suicide
8
6
1
4
2
5
5
9
3
5
48
Pending
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
6
10
Undetermined
1
2
3
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
11
Non-Human Remains
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
Total Cases
100
120
96
278
248
129
115
97
111
108
1402

Case Type

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Total
Jurisdictional
52
65
44
232
214
82
77
65
69
57
957
Non-Jurisdictional
48
55
52
46
34
47
38
32
42
51
445
Totals
100
120
96
278
248
129
115
97
111
108
1402

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total
Drug Overdose
92
Fall
76
Motor Vehicle Accident
22
Drowning
4
Choking
6
Other
9
Total Cases
209

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total
Firearms
26
Hanging
14
Drug Overdose
2
Other
6
Total Cases
48

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total
Firearms
3
Total Cases
3

Undetermined

Type of Undetermined
Total
Undetermined
6
Overdose
5
Total Cases
11

Other Statistics

Other Statistics
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Total
Cremation Requests
269
244
231
351
320
239
230
201
210
239
2534
Autopsy Performed
28
19
8
10
17
9
17
24
10
8
150
Toxicology Draws Only
6
14
12
8
7
10
7
3
12
17
96
Organ Donors
2
4
3
4
3
2
4
5
2
6
35
* Statistics as of November 20, 2020

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