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90 active COVID19 cases in Porter County

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning a total of 148 COVID-19 cases in the county, up from 135 on Wednesday, an increase of nearly 10 percent.

After reporting an additional death on Wednesday--for a total of three--the Health Department’s updated dashboard today shows only two deaths: both Portage Township residents, both in the 50-59 demographic, one a woman, the other a man. The change to the dashboard was made without comment.

Twelve patients are currently hospitalized; while 56 have recovered.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting recoveries and deaths: 90.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 12 cases, one hospitalization, five recoveries (unchanged from Wednesday). Seven active cases.

-- Liberty: nine cases, two hospitalizations, four recoveries (eight, two, and four). Five active cases.

-- Jackson: one case, no hospitalizations, no recoveries (unchanged). One active case.

-- Pine: one case, its first; no hospitalization and no recovery. One active case.

Portage Township--with 67 cases, six hospitalizations, and 21 recoveries (61, four, and 20 on Tuesday)--remains the hardest hit in the county; followed by Center, with 25 cases, two hospitalizations, and 10 recoveries (unchanged); then Westchester; then Union, with seven cases, no hospitalizations, and six recoveries (unchanged).

The demographic with the most cases remains the 50-59 age group, with nearly 40; then 40-49 and 30-39, with more than 20; then 60-69, 70-79, and 20-29, with nearly 20.

Female patients outnumber male 82-66.

Meanwhile, Coroner Cyndi Dikes told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, to date, her office has not yet responded to any suspected--but unconfirmed--COVID-19 deaths at people’s residences, as New York City and other jurisdictions have been reporting. “I know there are a lot of positive cases self-quarantined at home,” she said. “The Health Department is monitoring those cases frequently, so I think that helps. So far I have only had to do postmortem testing twice and those tests came back negative.”



Posted 4/16/2020




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