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2nd COVID19 death in Westchester Township

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning another death from COVID-19.

The victim was a Westchester Township resident in the 50-59 demographic. To date, six people in Porter County have died of COVID-19, three of them Dunelanders: two Westchester Township residents, the other in the 80-89 demographic; and a Liberty Township resident, also in the 80-89 demographic. The Health Department is not identifying victims or how it is believed they contracted the virus.

The Health Department was also reporting this morning a total of 209 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, up from 199 on Wednesday, an increase of 5 percent over the last 24 hours.

Thirteen patients are currently hospitalized, compared to 11 on Wednesday. Recoveries remained stable at 87, the same as on Wednesday.

Total active cases in Porter County today, after subtracting recoveries and deaths: 116 (107 on Wednesday).

Total COVID-19 tests conducted in Porter County as of Wednesday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health: 1,347 (1,304 on Tuesday).

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 17 cases (14 on Wednesday), two deaths (one), three hospitalizations (two), nine recoveries (nine). Six active cases.

-- Liberty: 12 cases (12 on Wednesday), one death (one), no hospitalizations (none), seven recoveries (seven). Four active cases.

-- Jackson: one case, no hospitalization. One active case.

-- Pine: one case, no hospitalization. One active case.

Other hard hit townships:

-- Portage Township: 81 cases (81 on Wednesday), two deaths (two), six hospitalizations (six), and 40 recoveries (40).

-- Washington: 38 cases (37 on Wednesday), no hospitalizations (none), and one recovery (one). These 38 cases include the 33 patients at Porter County Jail.

-- Center: 32 cases (28 on Wednesday), one death (one), four hospitalizations (three), and 15 recoveries (15).

Meanwhile, the Health Department noted that, effective today for tomorrow’s update and per Indiana State Department of Health Guidelines, it will report both patients who have had a positive laboratory report for COVID-19 and those who have a negative result or have not had a test at all but whose illness the healthcare provider believes is caused by COVID-19.

“Because this change will result in previously unreported cases and deaths that may have occurred prior to April 23, there may be sudden increases in our case reporting,” the Health Department said.



Posted 4/23/2020




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