York County surpasses 60,000 COVID-19 cases, 'a milestone none of us wanted to reach'

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County has officially surpassed 60,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, as local schools near 2,000 cases for this school year. 

"It is a milestone none of us wanted to reach," said York City medical director Dr. Matt Howie. 

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 60,259 cases since the start of the pandemic. The county's death toll stands at 942, up two since Friday.

York County hospitals had 157 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, including 32 adult patients in the ICU and 25 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,513,332 cases and 30,523 deaths. There have been more than 5.6 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 191,658 in York County.

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As of Monday, York County schools have recorded at least 1,947 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 78 new cases recorded over the weekend. At the current rate, local schools are on track to surpass last year's total in November. 

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 recordkeeping disparities that persist into the current school year. 

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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.