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Another C19 death in Porter County; 33 new cases

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The Porter County Health Department reported this morning another COVID-19 death, to bring the total so far to 41.

The victim was a Center Township resident in the 70-79 demographic. The victim was not residing in a long-term care facility.

The Health Department was also reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (16 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 1,145, up from 1,112 on Wednesday.

Those 33 new cases represent the single highest one-day total since the pandemic began. The previous record was 30, recorded on May 22 and more recently on Saturday, July 25.

Of those 33 new cases, 31--or 94 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: six in the 0-19 (124 total); 10 in the 20-29 (229 total); three in the 30-39 (176 total); and 12 in the 40-49 (189 total).

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 124 children or teens in Porter County, or 10.8 percent of all cases (10.6 percent of all cases on Wednesday). When the Chesterton Tribune first began tracking COVID-19 cases in the younger demographics, on June 30, the 0-19 group accounted for 37 of the 715 total cases at the time, or 5.2 percent.

Meanwhile, three patients are currently hospitalized, down from four on Wednesday; and 931 have recovered, up from 872 on Wednesday. Total active cases right now in Porter County: 173, down from 200 on Wednesday.

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 74 have recovered, all unchanged from Tuesday.

For the record, according to the Health Department:

-- Positive cases are the number of individuals who get tested and have a positive test result. If an individual has multiple tests and receives multiple positive test results, it only counts as one positive case.

-- Positive antibody tests are not reported as positive cases.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 102 cases (92 on Wednesday). Twenty-five active cases.

-- Liberty: 58 cases (55 on Wednesday). Twelve active cases.

-- Jackson: 14 cases (13 on Wednesday). Eight active cases.

-- Pine: eight cases (unchanged from Wednesday). One active case.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 419 cases (413 on Wednesday).

-- Center: 322 cases (312 on Wednesday).

-- Washington: 69 cases (unchanged from Wednesday).

-- Union: 55 cases (unchanged from Wednesday).

State reports 970 new cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 970 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (630 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 65,253, up from 64,299 on Wednesday.

ISDH was also reporting 14 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (eight additional deaths on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 2,952, up from 2,938 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, ISDH has stopped reporting total cases and total deaths in nursing homes.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 14,270 (14,096 on Wednesday); and the most deaths, 717 (714). Lake County has reported 6,878 cases (6,821) and 266 deaths (266), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 787 cases and 29 deaths (770 and 29).

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 200 presumptive deaths was reported today, up from 199 on Wednesday.


Posted 7/30/2020




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