York County logs nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County posted a record high of daily COVID-19 cases Monday as the omicron variant surges across Pennsylvania. 

York County recorded 2,888 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours, for a total of 97,191 cases since the pandemic began, according to the state Department of Health. That is well above the county's previous level of daily cases, which have been surging over the past month but had risen no higher than 1,500. 

Some of the new cases could be incorporating other infections from earlier this month, however. The state's COVID-19 dashboard shows higher case levels for other days in January than were previously recorded. 

Two new deaths were also recorded Monday, bringing the total toll in York County to 1,246.

York County COVID-19 data as of Jan. 10, 2022.

York County has the highest daily cases per capita among its four neighboring counties, at 225 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. However, the rate of COVID-19 spread in York County is lower than in most of its neighbors:

  • York County: 53% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 179% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 13% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 105% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 261% increase in cases over the last 14 days

Across Pennsylvania, the case total increased to 2,294,292 on Monday. The state reported the death toll has reached 37,686 since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 is also surging in York County schools, which logged 188 new cases Monday. That brings the total for the school year to 5,641 — nearly double the total number of cases recorded throughout all of the previous school year. 

Cases have been rising in York County schools since mid-December, which saw daily cases top 100 for the first time this school year. Since then, there have been multiple days when new cases reached triple digits. 

Despite that, there have been minimal new mitigation efforts from most districts. Just one district, York City, has implemented universal masking, which has been in place all year. Another district, West Shore, requires masking for individual schools based on the number of cases reported within 14 days. 

York Suburban could be the next district to return to a mask mandate. A letter from Superintendent Timothy Williams on Friday announced he was proposing a return to universal masking at the board's next meeting Monday night. If approved, the requirement would remain in place until York County's seven day rolling average of cases dropped below 400 for one full week. 

"I know that this recommendation will receive mixed reviews," Williams said in the letter. "Some will think it does not go far enough; some will think it goes too far."

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WellSpan York Hospital had 221 patients hospitalized with COVID as of Sunday, just one patient away from the hospital's record level, which was hit on Jan. 1. The rest of the WellSpan Health system is also seeing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 511 patients across all facilities, more than at any other time in the pandemic. 

All hospitals in the county had 259 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Monday. Of those patients, 54 adults were in the ICU and 39 were on ventilators, according to the state Department of Health. 

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.