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73rd COVID death in Porter County; hospitalizations drop

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Another Porter County resident has succumbed to COVID-19, the Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported after deadline on Thursday.

The victim was a Center Township resident in the 80-89 age group residing in a nursing home.

To date, 73 Porter County residents have died of COVID-19. Deaths by township (not fully updated by PCHD): eight Westchester Township residents and six Liberty Township. Twenty-five were Portage Township residents; 30 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by age group (current): three in the 40-49; nine in the 50-59; 13 in the 60-69; 15 in the 70-79; 18 in the 80-89; and 15 in the 90-and-over.

In the 20 days since Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 17 Porter County residents.

New Cases

Meanwhile, PCHD reported 223 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (146 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 7,144

The Chesterton Tribune is now unable to calculate a precise breakdown of new cases by age group, as PCHD does not update a given demographic total once it exceeds 1,000 cases. The 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50-59 age groups all now exceed 1,000 cases.

The other demographic totals as of Wednesday: 60-69, 794 cases (755 on Wednesday); 70-79, 397 cases (381); 80-89, 212 cases (205); and 90-and-over, 91 (91).


Also on Thursday, PCHD reported 55 hospitalizations, down from 66 on Wednesday.

Prior to Nov. 3, no more than 28 COVID-19 patients had ever been hospitalized at one time: on May 20, half a year ago.

Of Thursday’s hospitalizations, 10 were long-term care facility (LTCF) residents.

Nursing Homes

Of the 223 new cases reported on Thursday, four were residents of nursing homes, bringing the total to 327, up from 323 on Wednesday.

Of those 327 nursing home cases, 10 were hospitalized on Thursday, down from 19 on Wednesday; 126 have recovered, unchanged from Tuesday; and 47 have died, up from 46.

As of Thursday there were 154 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 151 on Wednesday.

Over the first six months of the pandemic--from March 17, when PCHD first started tracking COVID-19 numbers, to Oct. 16--a total of 119 cases was reported by nursing homes. In the 34 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 204 new cases, or 175 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 4,399 recoveries on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

Total active cases in Porter County as of Thursday after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 73 deaths: 2,672, up from 2,450 on Wednesday.

Other Indicators

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

-- New cases per 100,000 residents as of Thursday: 850 (877 on Wednesday; 694 on Nov. 12).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 11: 27.0 percent (26.5 percent on Nov. 10; 21.2 percent on Nov. 4).

-- Total-test positivity rate as of Nov. 11: 16.7 percent (16.3 percent on Nov. 10; 15.3 percent on Nov. 4). Note: both positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township

-- Westchester: 858 cases (842 cases on Wednesday). Active cases: 328 (312 on Wednesday).

-- Liberty: 430 cases (420). Active cases: 140 (130).

-- Jackson: 147 cases (144). Active cases: 70 (67).

-- Pine: 31 cases (30). Active cases: 13 (12).

Other Townships as of Thursday

-- Portage: 2,304 cases (2,229 on Wednesday). Active cases: 849 (774 on Wednesday).

-- Center: 2,022 (1,963). Active cases: 778 (720).

-- Washington: 230 cases (223). Active cases: 62 (55).

-- Union: 408 cases (396). Active cases: 155 (143).


Posted 11/20/2020




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