Fewer COVID-19 cases, deaths in York County as omicron surge slows

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the pace of new cases and deaths continues to slow in York County.

Only one new death was reported in a two-day period on Sunday, bringing the new total to 1,466. Additionally, 41 new cases of COVID-19 were reported since Friday, for a new total of 118,151, the state Department of Health reported.

Altogether, York County had five new deaths reported between Monday and Sunday and 128 new cases during that time.

Both numbers represent huge drops compared with earlier this year. In January, for example, the county sometimes reported more than 1,000 cases in a single day, and in February most days saw more than 100 cases.

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Hospitalizations, on the other hand ticked up slightly over the weekend — with 34 reported on Sunday, up from 32 on Friday. Six adult patients were in the ICU, and six were on ventilators. On Sunday, the county's 14-day rolling average of hospitalized COVID-19 patients was just over 40. 

A total of 55% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, and 26% have received a booster shot, according to the state Department of Health.

York County continues to be ranked "low" in the CDC's new community levels measure. That means residents should stay updated on vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Mask wearing is optional.

Over 98% of the U.S. population is under either low or medium community levels, according to the CDC.

York County has seen 118,151 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 1,466 deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

These community levels are determined by new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

There have been 2,769,588 COVID cases in Pennsylvania since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the health department. The state death toll as of Sunday was 43,839.

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Statewide, 795 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 112 are in the ICU and 78 are on ventilators.

An event to honor those in York County who have died of COVID-19 will be held on March 31 at PeoplesBank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York City. 

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.