York County reports 11 new COVID deaths and more than 1,400 new cases in two-day span

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County has recorded 1,495 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths in a two-day span since Friday.

The pace of new cases slowed in the past week, raising a glimmer of hope that the region may be near the crest of the omicron-driven surge.

But it's worth remembering that the rate of new cases is still higher than what York County was seeing during its big COVID-19 peak last winter. Last January, the highest number of new cases the county recorded in one day was 717.

According to the state Department of Health, by Sunday York County had recorded 109,889 cases and 1,327 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Only about 53% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health. The state numbers don't indicate how many of the 53% have also gotten a booster shot.

With so much attention being paid to COVID-19, another outbreak — of influenza — has gone under the radar. According to the state health department, there have been 28,475 laboratory-confirmed flu cases. York has reported 1,211 cases so far this flu season.

“It is not too late to get your flu vaccine if you have not already done so," said Ray Barishansky, deputy health secretary of health preparedness. “We know that people who get the flu after being vaccinated have less severe symptoms and are not sick for as long as those who do not get vaccinated. We also know that the COVID-19 vaccines do not protect you from getting the flu. So, while we have been encouraging everyone to get COVID-19 vaccines, you still also need to get your flu vaccine.”

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COVID-19 hospitalization rates in York County have also begun to drop. Hospitals in York County had a total of 242 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Sunday, a decrease of two since Friday. Of those patients, 46 adults were in the ICU and 39 were on ventilators, according to the state Department of Health. 

WellSpan York Hospital had 181 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday. The WellSpan Health system had 430 COVID-19 patients across all facilities, and that number has been steadily dropping since peaking at more than 500 patients earlier this month. Newer WellSpan data from the weekend was not available Sunday afternoon. 

York County's rate of daily cases per capita is in the middle among its neighboring counties, at 241 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times.  

  • York County: 9% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 12% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 10% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 35% increase in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 5% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Philadelphia: 36% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • New York City: 56% decrease in cases over the last 14 days

Across Pennsylvania, the case total increased to 2,131,743 and 39,538 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.

Schools: Meanwhile, York County's 16 public school districts logged 92 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total for the 2021-2022 school year to 7,720. 

Local schools recorded 972 cases that week, with cases spiking over the last three weeks. Since Jan. 3, schools have reported 2,890 cases, which is more than the total cases reported throughout all of the last school year. 

York County schools have already nearly tripled the total number of COVID-19 cases that were reported during 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.