York County reports three new COVID deaths amid school outbreaks: Use the database

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County saw two public schools shut down in-person classes Friday, while the county as a whole surpassed 58,000 COVID-19 cases and logged three new deaths. 

Spring Grove Area School District closed its middle school until Tuesday, and Central York School District closed fifth grade classes at Sinking Springs Elementary until Wednesday due to high case counts at both schools. 

This marks four times this school year that in-person classes were canceled due to COVID-19 in York County. The Northern York County School District previously closed two of its schools back-to-back in September. 

More:Two school districts move some students to remote learning Friday due to COVID-19

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 58,042 since the start of the pandemic, including 221 new cases recorded on Friday. The county's death toll stands at 921, up three from Thursday.

York County hospitals currently have 123 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, including 27 adult patients in the ICU and 23 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 1,219,412 confirmed cases and 29,907 deaths. There have been more than 5.5 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 189,436 in York County.

As of Friday, York County schools had recorded 1,594 COVID-19 cases, counting 47 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. 

More:More than 2,800 COVID-19 cases recorded at York County schools during school year

More:COVID-19 reporting varies widely among York County schools

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.