York County logs nine new COVID-19 deaths as schools near last year's total

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County recorded nine new COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday as local schools crept closer to surpassing last year's total. 

Local public schools have so far recorded 2,781 cases during the 2021-22 school year, including 53 new cases recorded since Tuesday. That puts schools only 80 cases shy of last year's total. 

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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According to the state Department of Health, York County has recorded 64,760 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 190 new cases since Tuesday. The county has also logged 1,013 deaths, up nine from Tuesday.

York County hospitals had 138 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 34 adult patients in the ICU and 27 patients on ventilators. 

Across all 67 counties, the state has seen 1,608,022 cases and 32,188 deaths. There have been more than 5.7 million negative COVID-19 tests throughout Pennsylvania, including 195,689 in York County.

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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.