York County logs nine new COVID-19 deaths as schools pass 2,500 cases

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County schools reached 2,500 COVID-19 cases for this school year on Wednesday as the county's death toll jumped by nine.

According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 63,354 cases since the start of the pandemic. The county has also logged 990 deaths, up nine from Tuesday. The state's COVID-19 webpage experienced technical difficulties since Sunday, which could explain the large jump.

York County hospitals had 155 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 37 adult patients in the ICU and 29 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,575,184 cases and 31,711 deaths. There have been more than 5.7 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 194,545 in York County.

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Local public schools have so far recorded 2,526 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 30 new cases  since Tuesday. At the current rate, local schools are on track to surpass last year's total for the entire school year this month. 

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.