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30 new virus cases reported in Porter County nursing homes, new record one day total

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The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) was reporting this morning 30 new COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) over the last 24 hours (four new cases in LTCFs on Tuesday), to bring the total to 155, up from 125 on Tuesday.

One of those LTCF patients is hospitalized, unchanged from Tuesday. Of those 155 LTCF cases, 88 have recovered and 31 have died. As of today, there were 36 active cases in Porter County LTCFs.

Meanwhile, PCHD was reporting a total of 58 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, including the 30 in LTCFs (46 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the countywide total to 3,013, up from 2,955 on Tuesday.

Those 58 new cases represent a one-day record, breaking the old record of 55 set on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Of those 58 new cases, 35--or 60 percent--were diagnosed in the older demographics: four were reported in the 50-59 (472 total); 14 in the 60-69 (313 total); five in the 70-79 (171 total); eight in the 80-89 (90 total); and four in the 90-and-over (43 total).

Meanwhile, 23 of the new cases--or 40 percent--were reported in the younger demographics: one the 0-19 (438 total); eight in the 20-29 (559); six in the 30-39 (476 total); and eight in the 40-49 (451 total)

As of today, seven patients were hospitalized, up from six on Tuesday. After subtracting 2,466 recoveries and 50 deaths, active COVID-19 cases in Porter County total 497, up from 439 on Tuesday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 50 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and a seven-day rolling average unique-individual positivity rate.

-- New cases per 100,000 residents as of today: 190 (170 on Tuesday): the highest per-100,000 average since the pandemic began.

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Oct. 13: 11.6 percent (11.0 percent on Oct. 12): the highest seven-day rolling average recorded since PCHD began tracking it on June 1. Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township:

-- Westchester: 368 cases (363 on Tuesday). Sixty-four active cases.

-- Liberty: 185 cases (183 on Tuesday). Twenty-nine active cases.

-- Jackson: 57 cases (56 on Tuesday). Seven active cases.

-- Pine: 12 cases (unchanged from Tuesday. No active cases.

Other Townships:

-- Portage: 1,009 cases (999 on Tuesday). 147 active cases.

-- Center: 816 cases (781 on Tuesday). 141 active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 124 cases (122 on Tuesday). Twenty-one active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 166 cases (165 on Tuesday). Twenty-eight active cases.

Statewide: 1,766 new cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting today 1,766 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (1,551 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 152,396, up 150,664 on Tuesday.

ISHD was also reporting today 15 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (48 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 4,038, up from 4,023 on Tuesday.

In addition, ISDH was reporting today 1,484 hospitalizations, up from 1,425 on Tuesday: the most hospitalizations since May 5, when ISDH reported 1,490.

Indiana School Cases

Meanwhile, as of today ISDH was reporting 2,843 student cases statewide, 567 teacher cases, and 655 staff cases, unchanged from Tuesday.

There were 622 schools with no reported cases; 1,168 schools with one or more cases; and 576 schools have not reported, also unchanged from Tuesday.


Posted 10/21/2020




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