York County sees three new COVID-19 deaths as statewide total passes 31,000

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County logged three new COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday as schools grow closer to surpassing last year's total cases. 

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 61,846 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 139 new cases recorded over the last 24 hours. The county has logged 957 deaths, up three from Monday.

York County hospitals had 149 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 33 adult patients in the ICU and 27 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,544,463 cases and 31,055 deaths. There have been more than 5.6 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 193,194 in York County.

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As of Tuesday, local public schools had recorded 2,255 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 51 new cases recorded since Monday. 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.