York County logs four new COVID-19 deaths as schools surpass 1,800 cases

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County logged four new COVID-19-related deaths Thursday as local schools surpassed 1,800 cases recorded this school year. 

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 59,415 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 255 new cases since Wednesday. The county's death toll Thursday stands at 934, up four from the day before.

York County hospitals currently have 132 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, including 31 adult patients in the ICU and 27 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,241,406 confirmed cases and 30,336 deaths. There have been more than 5.5 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 190,689 in York County.

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As of Thursday, York County schools have recorded at least 1,831 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 47 new cases since Wednesday. However, the true total is likely much higher due to reporting disparities between districts. 

In the 2020-21 school year, York County districts recorded at least 2,861 cases, though the true total was likely over 3,000 due to the same recordkeeping disparities.

At the current 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 in the same way.

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.