Coroner

NOTICE

Due to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, Chester County Government and Courts are currently operating on an essential services-only basis. The Coroner’s Office staff remains available for essential services, but our office is currently closed for in-person business such as obtaining reports or picking up death certificates or personal effects.  You may call us at 610-344-6165 Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30; if there is no answer please leave a message and someone will get back to you.  You can also send us an email at coroneroffice@chesco.org, and someone will respond.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  Please stay healthy, stay safe and stay home to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 

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Coroner Office Operations during COVID-19 Pandemic – UPDATE 04/06/2020


The Coroner’s Office staff is on-duty on a normal schedule and responding to dispatches concerning deaths that are reportable to our office. All of our staff remains in good health and trained in taking precautions against many kinds of biological, chemical, and other hazards.
Here are some of the steps we are taking:
  • We are in communication with other Counties in our area as well as the State of Delaware Medical Examiner Office and the PA State Coroners Association, sharing information and best practices.
  • We have sent a letter to all Chester County Funeral Directors advising them of what steps we are taking in response to the pandemic (letter is available on this website). We will work closely with the Funeral Directors Association during this challenging situation to protect the health of all our personnel and the community at large. 
  • We will be wearing N95 face masks and more PPE than usual in addition to our routine use of gloves when going to scenes in the community or a health care setting.
  • Pick up of decedent personal effects by families and in-person pick up of death certificates or other documents from our office is suspended.
  • Autopsies will not be performed on decedents with confirmed COVID-19 infections.
  • Other autopsies are being performed only in certain criminal investigations as determined in collaboration with law enforcement.
  • We will not make an in-person scene response for known COVID-19 deaths in medical institutions (hospitals, hospice, or nursing/assisted living homes).
  • If an individual dies at home and there is suspicion of flu-related disease, our response may be limited to essential data collection such as COVID-19 testing if not already done. Decedents may be released directly to a funeral home.
  • We are now fully transitioned to the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS) for certifying the cause and manner of death. 
  • We continue to explore options for refrigerated storage within the County, since currently we only have access to hospital-based morgue space.

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)

2020 Statistics

Manner of Death January February March
Total
Natural 70 81 70
221
Accidental 21 30 11
62
Homicide 0 1 0
1
Suicide 8 6 0
14
Pending 1 11 13
14
Undetermined 1 1 2
4
Total Cases 100 120 96
316

Case Type

Type of Case
January
February
March
Total
Jurisdictional
52
65
44
161
Non-Jurisdictional
48
55
52
155
Totals
100
120
96
316

Accidental Deaths

Type of Accident
Total*
Drug Overdose
27
Fall
28
Motor Vehicle Accident
5
Drowning
1
Choking
2
Other
3
Total Cases
61

Suicides

Type of Suicide
Total*
Firearms
9
Hanging
3
Drug Overdose
1
Other
1
Total Cases
14

Homicides

Type of Homicide
Total *
Firearms
1
Total Cases
1

Undetermined

Type
Total*
Undetermined
1
Overdose
3
Total
4
Other Statistics January February March
Total
Cremation Requests 269 244 231
744
Autopsy Performed 28 19 8
55
Toxicology Draws Only 6 14 12
 32
Organ Donors 2 4 3
9
* Statistics as of March 31, 2020

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