HARRISBURG – A bill that clarifies when deaths from a contagious disease must be reported to county coroners – including COVID-19 deaths – was approved by the PA Senate Local Government Committee. Recently, Sen. Judy Ward and House Majority Leader Rep. Kerry Benninghoff were flanked by coroners from throughout PA to underscore discrepancies in numbers of COVID deaths reported by the Department of Health and deaths they as coroners were aware of in their county. Senate Bill 327 makes it clear that certain circumstances of death shall be reported to the coroner, including any disease constituting a health disaster emergency or pandemic. A similar bill passed both the Senate and the House with large bipartisan majorities only to be met by Gov. Wolf’s veto pen.