COVID-19 case rates continue to decline, with 500 cases reported Monday

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

The pace of new COVID-19 cases continues to trend downward in York County, indicating the county may have passed its peak with the omicron variant. 

York County recorded 513 new cases on Monday, according to the state Department of Health, but no additional deaths. That brings the pandemic totals to 110,402 cases and 1,327 deaths. 

The dropping case rates have some experts hoping the pandemic could end this year if some key targets are met.

However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director-general, warned on Monday that conditions are ideal for the emergence of new coronavirus variants. 

“There are different scenarios for how the pandemic could play out and how the acute phase could end. But it’s dangerous to assume that omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the endgame,” he told the Associated Press. “On the contrary, globally, the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge.”

Hospitals in York County had a total of 243 COVID-19 patients, adding one patient since Sunday. Of those patients, 46 adults were in the ICU, and 38 were on ventilators.

Though the total for COVID-19 hospitalizations went up Monday, overall numbers have been slowly dropping over the last week. The numbers are more clearly seen in WellSpan Health's data, which has seen dropping COVID-19 hospitalization rates since peaking at over 500 earlier this month. 

WellSpan York Hospital had 169 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Sunday, a dramatic drop of 33 patients since Thursday. The WellSpan Health system had 410 COVID-19 patients across all facilities. 

Only about 53% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health. There is no record of how many residents have received booster doses.

York County has the highest daily cases per capita among its four neighboring counties, at 182 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. However, the county is finally seeing a decreasing rate of new cases, at a level on par with its immediate neighbors.

  • York County: 19% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 42% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 10% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 1% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 37% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Philadelphia: 54% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • New York City: 70% decrease in cases over the last 14 days

Across Pennsylvania, the case total increased to 2,581,831 and 39,560 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.

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Schools: Meanwhile, York County's 16 public school districts logged 254 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total for the 2021-2022 school year to 7,974. 

New cases for schools remain at a steady pace, albeit a much higher one than schools saw in 2021. Until December, the daily average for new cases in local schools hovered around 50, but since Jan. 3, the average is just under 200. 

York County schools have already nearly tripled the total number of COVID-19 cases that were reported throughout all of the previous school year. At this rate, schools will easily surpass 10,000 cases before summer break. 

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.