Though the Pennsylvania Department of Health lists six COVID-related deaths for Warren County, the actual number is more than three times that amount.
According to Warren County Coroner Melissa Zydonik, there have been more than 20 COVID-related deaths in the county this month.
“Right now, we have 21 for the month of December,” Zydonik said.
Zydonik confirmed that all 21 deaths were of people who tested positive for the virus.
Due to state reporting protocols, there is a delay in the numbers being released by the DoH.
“The state has quite a delay in reporting,” Zydonik said. “The majority of what I have (the 21 deaths), the primary cause of death is listed as COVID.”
For the others, she said that COVID is listed among the causes, but is not the primary cause.
By law, the coroner must be notified of all COVID-related deaths.
“A corner investigation occurs when there’s an infectious disease involved or something that would cause a public hazard,” Zydonik said.