York County adds 61 COVID-19 cases and three new deaths Wednesday
York County logged three COVID-19 related deaths and just 61 new cases Wednesday as pandemic levels continue to fall nationwide.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county has recorded 117,364 cases and 1,434 deaths in total.
Like cases, hospitalizations also are dropping across the county. According to state data Wednesday, county hospitals had 64 COVID-19 patients, down six from Tuesday. Of those, 13 adults were in the ICU, and 11 were on ventilators.
About 54.5% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state. That figure is 75% statewide. Almost 26% of York County residents have received a booster shot.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that 95% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older have received at least one vaccination.
“The uplifting reality is that most people are doing what they can to protect their health,” Wolf said in a news release.
York County's levels reflect what areas across the country have been seeing over the last few weeks, as COVID-19 transmissions drop dramatically following a January spike driven by the omicron variant.
The falling case levels are leading some to question whether the world is closer to herd immunity in the wake of the omicron surge. But experts don't believe that to be the case.
“Herd immunity is an elusive concept and doesn’t apply to coronavirus,” Dr. Don Milton at the University of Maryland School of Public Health said in an Associated Press report.
Herd immunity is when enough of a population is immune to a virus that it’s hard for the germ to spread to those who aren’t protected by vaccination or a prior infection.
Populations are instead moving toward “herd resistance,” where infections will continue, but people have enough protection that future spikes won’t be as disruptive to society, Milton said.
Many scientists believe COVID-19 will eventually become like the flu and cause seasonal outbreaks but not huge surges.
Local cases: York County is tied with Adams County for the second-highest daily cases per capita among its neighboring counties, with 19 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. Cumberland County is slightly higher with 20 daily cases per capita.
York County is seeing a decreasing rate of new cases, at a level on par with its immediate neighbors.
- York County: 69% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- Lancaster County: 73% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- Adams County: 67% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- Cumberland County: 64% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- Dauphin County: 72% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- Philadelphia: 62% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
- New York City: 55% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
Pennsylvania has recorded 2,749,536 COVID-19 cases and 43,002 deaths so far over the course of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.