York County logs two new COVID-19 deaths Thursday as spread continues in schools

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County logged two new COVID-19 related deaths Thursday. 

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 60,866 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 235 new cases since Wednesday. The county has logged 951 deaths, up two from Wednesday. 

York County hospitals had 157 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday, including 33 adult patients in the ICU and 29 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,525,813 cases and 30,815 deaths. There have been more than 5.6 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 192,168 in York County.

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As of Thursday, local public schools had recorded 2,080 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 29 new cases recorded in the previous 24 hours. New cases have taken a dip over the previous two days after county schools recorded more than 150 cases between Monday and Tuesday.

At the current rate, local schools are on track to surpass last year's total in November. 

Last 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.