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Lynch: County has had more than 300 virus deaths so far

Coroner: Most killed by COVID in 2021 had not received any vaccinations

LEWISTOWN — More than 300 people in Mifflin County have died due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Mifflin County Coroner Daniel P. Lynch.

Lynch released numbers in the county dating back to April 28, 2020 when the first county COVID-19 death was reported.

A total of 143 COVID deaths occurred in 2020 while 153 occurred in 2021. Another 11 have been reported as of Jan. 12, bringing the total to 307.

Lynch said only 17 of the 153 who died due to COVID-19 in 2021 had at least received some level of vaccination against the virus, and of those vaccinated deaths, 15 had pre-existing health conditions. Vaccines were first made available to the public in 2021.

The vast majority of the county’s COVID deaths in 2020 were in November and December, as a combined 137 deaths occurred in those two months alone, 81 of which were in December.

The highest totals for 2021 were 33 each in January and December. Another 31 deaths occurred in November of last year as well.

Lynch also wanted the public to know that FEMA is providing COVID-19 funeral assistance for people whose loved ones perished due to the virus. To apply, applicants will need to provide FEMA with their name, Social Security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers for themselves, the name and Social Security numbers for the deceased, the location or address where the person died, documentation and receipts for funeral assistance received from other sources such as funeral insurance or other programs, and the name and information for up to one co-applicant if anyone else incurred funeral costs for the same deceased person.

To submit applications and information, visit www.disasterassistance.gov, fax documents to (855) 261-3452 or mail documents to COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Those seeking help with the application process can call (844) 684-6333 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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