Berks County coroner's office in Bern Township

BERN TWP., Pa. - A second person who tested positive with the coronavirus has died in Berks County.

The 67-year-old man, whose name is not being released, died early Friday morning at Reading Hospital, according to the coroner's office, which ruled the cause of death to be acute respiratory distress syndrome due to COVID-19.

The man was admitted to the hospital on Monday, after being tested for COVID-19, the coroner said. The positive result was received Thursday.

The death comes exactly one week after the county recorded its first COVID-19 death. A 94-year-old woman died at Reading Hospital two days before her test revealed she had the virus.

Earlier Friday, Pennsylvania health officials announced that Berks County now has 201 positive cases of the coronavirus. The statewide total stands at 8,420, with 102 deaths.

Nearly 54,000 people across the commonwealth have tested negative for the virus.

Any Berks resident with questions about the coronavirus can contact the county's help center by calling 610-320-6150 or by emailing COVID@CountyofBerks.com.

Staff will be on hand to answer phones and respond to emails seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911; social service questions or needs should be addressed by calling 211.

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