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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Berks County has more than doubled its number of positive cases of the coronavirus in less than a week.

The number in the county now stands at 201, Pennsylvania health officials announced Friday afternoon. That's up from 110 on Tuesday and 65 a week ago.

Also reported Friday was Berks County's second coronavirus death. A 67-year-old man died at Reading Hospital early Friday morning, one week after a 94-year-old woman became the first person in Berks to die from the virus, according to the coroner's office.

Statewide, 8,420 have tested positive for COVID-19 and 102 people have died. Nearly 54,000 people have tested negative for the virus.

All of the state's 67 counties are under a stay-at-home order through April 30 in an effort to stop the virus' continuing spread.

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.

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