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Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

With a 14-day average of 190 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, York County on Tuesday set a new record as state health officials say Pennsylvania is in the midst of a fall resurgence.

As of noon Tuesday, York County had 90 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 6,405 since the outbreak began. There have been 73,123 patients in the county who have tested negative for COVID-19, about 3.2% of the total 2,254,523 patients in the state.

There were also two new virus-related deaths in the county, bringing the death toll to 203.

“This is really community spread, establishing itself in our community,” said Dr. Matt Howie, the medical director for the York City Health Bureau.

Statewide, there were 2,751 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase on record, which brought the case total to 198,446. About 77% of patients have recovered. There were also 23 new deaths. The death toll now stands at 8,696.

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York County has also seen an increase in its infection rate.

Between Oct. 16 and Oct. 22, the county's infection rate was 7.2%, which ranked 11th in the state. 

That's up from 4.9% between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15, the previous seven-day period. 

"We still believe the increases are largely tied to community spread," said Nate Wardle, spokesperson for Pennsylvan. "We are seeing increases in long-term care facilities as well, but that has only accounted for 14 of the new cases in York County in the last week."

The complete age breakdown of those who have tested positive in Pennsylvania is as follows: 

  • Approximately 1% are ages 0-4
  • Approximately 2% are ages 5-12
  • Approximately 5% are ages 13-18
  • Nearly 14% are ages 19-24
  • Nearly 36% are ages 25-49
  • Approximately 21% are ages 50-64
  • Nearly 21% are ages 65 or older

As of Tuesday morning, more than 8.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University. Deaths linked to the disease surpassed 225,000.

Worldwide, there have been 43.6 million confirmed cases and more than 1.1 million deaths.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.