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)

COVID-19 Deaths

Month Number of Deaths
January
0
February
0
March
1
April
182
May
149
Total
331

2020 Statistics

Manner of Death
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Total
Natural
70
81
72
253
222
698
Accidental
21
30
20
19
19
109
Homicide
0
1
0
0
0
1
Suicide
8
6
1
4
2
21
Pending
0
0
0
0
1
1
Undetermined
1
2
3
2
2
10
Non-Human Remains
0
0
0
0
1
1
Total Cases
100
120
96
278
247
841

Case Type

Type of Case
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Total
Jurisdictional
52
65
44
232
213
606
Non-Jurisdictional
48
55
52
46
34
235
Totals
100
120
96
278
247
841

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total*
Drug Overdose
51
Fall
42
Motor Vehicle Accident
8
Drowning
1
Choking
3
Other
4
Total Cases
109

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total*
Firearms
11
Hanging
8
Drug Overdose
1
Other
1
Total Cases
21

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total *
Firearms
1
Total Cases
1

Undetermined

Type
Total*
Undetermined
5
Overdose
5
Total
10
Other Statistics
January
February
March
April
May
Total
Cremation Requests
269
244
231
351
320
1,415
Autopsy Performed
28
19
8
10
17
109
Toxicology Draws Only
6
14
12
8
7
47
Organ Donors
2
4
3
4
3
16
* Statistics as of May 31, 2020

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