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22 new C19 cases in Porter County; three quarters among young people

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 22 new COVID-19 cases (11 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 830, up from 808 on Thursday and a 14-percent surge over the last eight days.

Of the 22 new cases, 15--or 68 percent--are in the younger demographics: four in the 0-19 group (52 total); four in the 20-29 group (161 total); one in the 30-39 group (131); and six in the 40-49 group (135 total).

Over the last eight days, the Health Department has reported a total of 100 new cases. Of those, 59--or 74 percent-- have been in the younger demographics. Two months ago, persons younger than 50 accounted for just a little more than half of all cases. Now they account for three-quarters.

Meanwhile, two patients are currently hospitalized, unchanged from Thursday; while 681 have recovered, up from 663 on Thursday.

No additional deaths were reported this morning. To date, 39 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

To date, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, 27 have died, no one is currently hospitalized, and 73 have recovered, all unchanged from Thursday.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 64 cases (62 cases on Thursday). Twelve active cases.

-- Liberty: 37 cases (36 on Thursday). Ten active cases.

-- Jackson: four cases (unchanged from Thursday). Two active cases.

-- Pine: Seven cases, none of them active.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 327 cases (318 on Thursday).

-- Center: 230 cases (224 on Thursday).

-- Washington: 57 cases (unchanged from Thursday).

-- Union: 36 cases (unchanged from Thursday).

3rd highest number of new cases pushes state total past 50000

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting today 748 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (521 new cases on Thursday), to bring total cases so far to 50,300, up from 49,575 on Thursday.

Those 784 new cases represent the third highest daily figure since the pandemic began, behind 946 on April 26; and 789 on April 30.

ISDH was also reporting today an additional nine deaths over the last 24 hours (an additional seven deaths on Thursday), to bring total deaths so far to 2,752, up from 2,743 on Thursday.

Nursing home cases and deaths to date: 5,581 cases and 1,220 deaths (unchanged from Thursday).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 11,920 (11,812 on Thursday); and the most deaths, 692 (690). Lake County has reported 5,432 (5,337) and 248 deaths (247), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 605 cases and 27 deaths (597 and 27).

The total COVID-19 death count includes both confirmed and presumptive deaths to date. Presumptive deaths are those for which x-ray, scans, and clinical symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record. A total of 193 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Thursday.

Illinois logs 1000 plus virus cases first time in weeks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois had more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in five weeks, the health department said Thursday. COVID-19 deaths, meanwhile, rose by 20 to 7,119. The state said the rate of positive cases over the past seven days was 2.6%.

Illinois reported 1,018 new cases of coronavirus. Daily cases hadn’t topped 1,000 since June 5.

The Illinois High School Association surprised schools with new rules about sports practices. Physical contact is banned, and players and coaches must wear masks at times. Many schools had resumed practices Monday with physical contact. The changes were “due to an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 among high school teams around the state,” the IHSA said.

In Chicago, a COVID-19 task force released recommendations to help the city recover, including investments on the South and West sides and appeals for help from the private sector. “In virtually every measure - from economic and food security to access to broadband and mental health services - Chicago’s communities of color are faring the worst, a wrong that must be righted with meaningful transformation and change,” the report said.

Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez said the report was short on specifics.

“A lot of people understand the disparities in the Black and brown and minority communities, but I don’t see a full plan or details,” he told the Chicago Tribune.


Posted 7/10/2020




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