1,500 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths in York County over three days

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

More than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in York County since Thursday, according to the state Department of Health on Sunday.

Since the state did not update York County's total cases on Friday, the total of 1,538 new cases accumulated over the three-day span.

That brings the total number of cases in York County to 113,620. Additionally, 16 new deaths were reported since Thursday, increasing the pandemic total to 1,366, the state reported.

Only about 53% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state. That figure is 75% statewide.

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Across Pennsylvania, the state has recorded a total of 2,203,477 COVID-19 cases and 40,563 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health. 

Although the pace of new COVID-19 cases among York County schools is decreasing, the daily totals remain significantly higher than local schools were experiencing just two months ago. 

York County's 16 public school districts added 105 new cases Friday, bringing the total for the 2021-22 school year to 8,545. Last week alone, schools recorded 825 cases. 

New cases took a slight dip in most local schools last week, in line with the trends across the rest of the county. However, a handful of districts continue to see high caseloads each day, driving up the total.

While 825 cases is much lower than the nearly 1,300 cases schools logged just two weeks ago, it is still more than triple the levels schools typically recorded before December. A January spike in cases drove up the weekly average for York County schools from around 250 cases to 431. 

Throughout the surge, most local schools have opted to remain open for in-person instruction, but U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that is no longer enough to make up for the pandemic's impacts on students. 

In a Thursday speech, Cardona urged schools to use billions of dollars in federal aid to expand tutoring and mental health counseling, and to close achievement gaps that have worsened during the pandemic. 

“Despite our country being in the midst of a surge, I know our children cannot wait any longer,” Cardona said in an Associated Press report. “They have suffered enough, and this is our moment.”

WellSpan Health has seen COVID-19 hospitalizations drop dramatically across all facilities over the last week. As of Friday, the health system had 361 COVID-19 patients, down more than 25 since Thursday. York Hospital had 151 patients as of Friday. 

According to the state Department of Health, county hospitals had an overall total of 184 COVID-19 patients as of Sunday. Of those patients, 32 adults were in the ICU, and 28 were on ventilators.

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York County has the highest daily cases per capita among its four neighboring counties, at 145 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. However, the county is seeing a decreasing rate of new cases, at a level on par with its immediate neighbors.

  • York County: 44% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 56% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 33% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 20% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 47% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Philadelphia: 65% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • New York City: 77% decrease in cases over the last 14 days

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.