Coroner announces plans to again inter remains of unclaimed

Memorial Crypt Plaque at Philadelphia Memorial Park. Photo Credit Donna De Stefano The Chester County Coroner’s Office is planning to inter the unclaimed cremains of the following 28 individuals in the near future. Unclaimed cremains of non-veterans are interred every two years in a crypt donated to Chester County in 2018 by Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA. A memorial ceremony for the first...

Coroner: COVID-19 deaths appear to be declining

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data Monday showing that the number of new COVID-19 deaths reported for the past week was 39, down from a high of 56 in the week ending April 19, 2020. The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Chester County occurred on March 28, 2020, with rapid increases in the number of deaths reported weekly thereafter. As of midnight May 3, 2020, the...

COVID-19 Update, April 17: Wolf reveals reopen plan; Chesco Coroner says deaths 2X higher than previously revealed; new case numbers spike

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic might be coming under control were dampened as both Pennsylvania and Chester County reported higher infection numbers for the second straight day — and it appears the death toll in Chester County has been much higher than previously reported. Still, Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a three-phase plan to eventually reopen the state. Wolf...

Coroner: Overdoses, accidental deaths lower in county in 2019

Chester County Coroner Dr. Christina VandePolPhoto Credit: Elizabeth Reuscher WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office has released information on 2019 accidental deaths in Chester County. A total of 225 accidental deaths were investigated, slightly fewer than in 2018 (232) and 2017 (234). Drug overdoses, falls, and motor vehicle collisions accounted for most of the accidental deaths. Drug...

Coroner: Kratom cited in two recent overdose cases

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office is reporting two deaths attributed to mitragynine toxicity. Ryan Jones of Caln Township died 4/30/2018 with the cause of death determined to be mitragynine toxicity with hypertensive cardiovascular disease as a contributing condition. Caleb Jonathan Sturgis of West Bradford Township died 6/27/2018 of acute mitragynine intoxication. The manner of...

Chesco Coroner: 59 deaths due to opioids so far in 2018

WEST CHESTER — The opioid crisis continues to take lives in Chester County, local officials said Monday. The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data Monday on deaths due to drug overdose in Chester County for the year as of June 30, 2018. A total of 59 people died of a drug overdose during this period, with 57 deaths determined to be accidental and two due to suicide.