York County nears 60,000 COVID-19 cases as schools surpass 1,500: Use the database

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

As COVID-19 continues to spread at a steady pace through York County's public schools, the county's overall case count nears the 60,000 case mark.

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 57,821 since the start of the pandemic, including 218 new cases recorded on Thursday. The county's death toll stands at 918.

York County hospitals currently have 118 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, including 29 adult patients in the ICU and 20 patients on ventilators. The county's COVID-19 hospitalizations have been at a steady increase since August, according to state data. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,214,966 confirmed cases and 29,814 deaths. There have been more than 5.5 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 189,139 in York County.

As of Thursday, York County schools had recorded 1,547 COVID-19 cases, counting 59 additional cases since Wednesday. However, the true total number of cases is likely much higher due to reporting disparities between districts.

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Last school year, York County districts recorded at least 2,861 cases, though the true total was likely over 3,000 due to the same disparities.

At this rate, local schools are on track to surpass last year's total before the end of the first semester. 

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No two school districts are tracking COVID-19 cases the same.

Five districts — Dallastown, Hanover, Northeastern, Southern and West Shore — are not posting their total cases for the school year. Instead, some of them are only publishing cases recorded during the previous 14 days, while others are only posting active cases. 

Among other districts, COVID-19 tracking varies. Some districts don't include cases that were contracted while the students or staff were off district property. Some combine probable and confirmed cases, while others keep the two separate. 

It's impossible to know the exact number of COVID-19 cases linked to every school district in the county. But The York Dispatch will continue to keep track of the number of cases in each district to the best of our knowledge. 

You can keep track of your district's recorded cases for the 2021-2022 school year here. We will continue to update on a daily basis as numbers change.