COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On March 12, 2020 Mayor Michael Helfrich issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of Health, one of 10 local health departments in Pennsylvania and serving as the public health authority for York City, is responding to this pandemic in a multitude of ways including performing case investigations and conducting a contact tracing program, working with local health systems and community partners to coordinate response and community recovery, supporting COVID-19 testing efforts, planning for future vaccination events, providing education and resources to residents and businesses, and continuing to provide essential public health services to York City residents.

COVID-19: York City Data

Last Updated On September 25, 2020 - Data Is As Of 5:00PM On the Previous Day

Total Cases
817
Lab-Confirmed Positives Reported to York City Health Bureau
Total Deaths
13
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 Related Complications
Hospitalization Rate
14.0%
Cumulative COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations/Total Cases
7-Day Incidence Rate*
77.77
New Cases Per 100,000 Population: 9/16/2020 - 9/22/2020
Average Cases Per Day*
4.86
New Cases Per Day Over 7-Day Period: 9/16/2020 - 9/22/2020

*  Incidence Rates are adjusted per 100,000 population for comparison to other localities and data sets.
* Average Cases per Day are not adjusted per 100,000 population to provide a general indicator of the new cases identified per day in York City.

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COVID-19 Resources

  • Prevention
  • Testing Information

    Please use the Pennsylvania Testing Location Finder to find a testing site near you. Before visiting a testing site, be sure to seek medical care to obtain a recommendation (physician’s order) for testing. You may also be able to obtain and submit a self-administered COVID-19 test at a Rite-Aid location near you by using this Pre-Screening and Scheduling Tool.

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    If you are not sure if you should be tested, or as a first screen before seeking medical care, consider using the CDC’s Coronavirus Self Checker.

    Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or longer. If you have been notified by a contact tracer that you have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19, seek advice from your medical provider about getting tested. Even if you do not get tested or meet the criteria to be tested, it is still recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure to someone who is infected with COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have been potentially exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19 you should meet the criteria for testing.

  • Business Resources
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is COVID-19?

    The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.

    How does COVID-19 spread?

    • Mainly through respiratory droplets that are produced when coughing, sneezing, or talking
    • Close personal contact, such as touching, shaking hands, or not maintaining social distancing (maintaining 6 feet between you and other people)
    • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  Symptoms may include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Should I get tested for COVID-19?  How do I get tested?

    If you have mild to moderate symptoms call your healthcare provider (doctor) to see if you should be tested for COVID-19. If you are not sure if you should be tested, or as a first screen before seeking medical care, consider using the CDC’s Coronavirus Self Checker.

    If you have been in contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 or have been notified by a contact tracer that you may have been exposed, seek advice from your medical provider about getting tested.

    Please use the Pennsylvania Testing Location Finder to find a testing site near you. Before visiting a testing site, be sure to seek medical care to obtain a recommendation (physician’s order) for testing. You may also be able to obtain and submit a self-administered COVID-19 test at a Rite-Aid location near you by using this Pre-Screening and Scheduling Tool.

    How can I protect myself and others?

    • Wear a mask or face covering when interacting with other
    • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between you and others
    • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
    • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better and avoid close contact with household members.

    Should I wear a mask in public?

    In Pennsylvania, masks are mandatory when anyone leaves home.  Mask should be worn in all public spaces and when social distancing cannot be practiced.

    Businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area must require all customers to wear masks while on premises.  Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask (documentation or proof of age is not required).

    What is social distancing?

    Social distancing can also be referred to as physical distancing. Practicing social/physical distancing reduces the number of contacts you have per day and therefore limits the potential spread of COVID-19. When you are interacting with others, maintain at least 6 feet of space between you.  Social/physical distancing protects you and those around you.

    Should I avoid travelling?

    Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before you travel, learn if COVID-19 is spreading in your local area or in any of the places you are going. Traveling to visit family may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19 due to other medical conditions.

    What is contact tracing?

    Contact tracing is a tool used to slow the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19. Public health staff conduct case investigations with each person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and ask them to think of all the people they have had close contact with starting two days before they first noticed symptoms. Close contacts are then contacted by a local or state health official. Close contacts may be recommended to self-quarantine, seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms, or get tested.

    Contact tracers and case investigators will not ask for your social security number or credit card information or solicit money.

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