Many County Coroners Question The Way Pa Tallies Coronavirus Deaths

09.24.20 | Terry Diener

Now Pennsylvania's Senate has passed a bill to strengthen the role coroners play in keeping an accurate COVID-death-count." The bill, backed by all Senate Republicans and 10 Democrats, adds specifics to state law on when county coroners must be notified of contagious disease deaths.

The current wording, some coroners say, was interpreted by the Department of Health in a way that excluded coroners from the process and raises questions on the accuracy of the 8,000-plus tally.