York County sees five new COVID-19 deaths as schools surpass 2,300 cases

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County logged five new COVID-19 related deaths Thursday as local schools surpassed 2,300 cases just two months into the school year. 

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 62,358 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 252 new cases since Wednesday. The county has logged 971 deaths, up five from Wednesday.

York County hospitals had 147 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday, including 34 adult patients in the ICU and 26 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,552,953 cases and 31,292 deaths, with 4,312 cases and 95 deaths recorded on Thursday. There have been more than 5.6 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 193,543 in York County.

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As of Thursday, local public schools had recorded 2,328 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 32 new cases recorded since Wednesday. 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.