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

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.

Recommended for you

Local / Regional

  • Updated

Days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, people took to the streets in protest in dozens of cities around the country. They marched, chanted, stopped traffic and in some cases turned violent toward police to protest the death of the handcuffed black man after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck even after he stopped moving. Georgia's governor mobilized the National Guard to protect Atlanta, where demonstrators set a police car and American flag on fire, injured at least three officers, spray-painted the iconic logo sign at CNN headquarters, and broke into a restaurant. The crowd pelted officers who came over with bottles.

  • Updated

Major League Soccer has given its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions and are the next step in the league’s efforts to return to action. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.