Cumberland County Coroner Charles ‘Charley’ Hall stops for a photo in his Mechanicsburg office last week, amid the coronavirus pandemic.


The number of reported COVID-19-related deaths in the state of Pennsylvania, and the process of reporting those deaths has been under scrutiny recently by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.

Last week in Franklin County, the number of deaths jumped from 0 to 10 in the matter of 24 hours. Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said last Wednesday he was only reporting one COVID-19-related death in his office. That morning, he reported two additional deaths attributed to the virus. As of Tuesday afternoon, Franklin County was now reporting four deaths attributed to the virus. The Department of Health said the number of 10 deaths was due to reporting “probable” cases, and adjusted the number after further investigation.

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