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Another death in county and hospitalizations rise

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Another Porter County resident has succumbed to COVID-19, the Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported after deadline on Monday. The victim was a Center Township resident in the 60-69 age group residing in a long-term care facility (LTCF).

To date, 66 Porter County residents have died of COVID-19. Thirteen of them were Dunelanders: eight Westchester Township residents and five Liberty Township. Twenty-three were Portage Township residents; 27 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by demographic: three in the 40-49; eight in the 50-59; 12 in the 60-69; 14 in the 70-79; 15 in the 80-89; and 14 in the 90-and-over.

In the 10 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 10 Porter County residents.


Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Porter County, with PCHD reporting 34 on Monday, up from 31 on Sunday. Monday's 34 hospitalizations are the most on any given day of the pandemic in Porter County, exceeding the previous high of 31 reported only one day earlier, on Sunday, Nov. 8.

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

Of Monday's 34 hospitalizations, nine were nursing home residents.

New Cases

Also on Monday, PCHD reported 193 new COVID-19 cases (92 new cases on Sunday), to bring the total so far to 5,093. Those 193 cases are just three short of the single-day new-case record of 196 set on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Of those 193 new cases, 129--or 67 percent--were in the younger age groups: 30 in the 0-20 (713 total); 28 in the 20-29 (911 total); 32 in the 30-39 (799 total); and 39 in the 40-49 (794 total).

The remaining 64 cases--or 33 percent--were in the older age groups: 28 in the 50-59 (818 total); 20 in the 60-69 (556 total); 11 in the 70-79 (281 total); and five in the 80-89 (148 total). Total in the 90-and-over: 73.


Of the 193 new cases reported on Monday, six were in long-term care facilities, to bring the total so far to 257, up from 251 on Sunday.

Of those 257 cases, nine are currently hospitalized, down from 10 on Sunday; 112 have recovered, up from 98 on Sunday; and 43 have died, up from 42 on Sunday.

Right now there are 102 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, down from 111 on Sunday.

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 24 days since, that number has grown by fully 138 new cases, or 116 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 3,632 recoveries on Monday, up from 3,099 on Sunday.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting the 3,099 recoveries and 66 deaths: 1,395, down from 1,736 on Sunday.

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 of the unique-individual positivity rate.

*  New cases per 100,000 residents as of Monday: 570 (549 on Sunday; 400 on Monday, Nov. 2).

*  Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 1: 21.1 percent (20.7 percent on Oct. 31; 18.7 percent on Oct. 25). Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township

as of Monday

*  Westchester: 628 cases (598 on Sunday). Active cases: 184 (208 on Sunday).

*  Liberty: 326 cases (314 on Sunday). Active cases: 89 (111 on Sunday).

*  Jackson: 89 cases (84 on Sunday). Active cases: 19 (22 on Sunday).

*  Pine: 21 cases (unchanged from Sunday). Active cases: seven (eight on Sunday).

Other Townships as of Monday

*  Portage: 1,600 cases (1,546 on Sunday). Active cases: 379 (466 on Sunday).

*  Center: 1,460 (1,403 on Sunday). Active cases: 455 (579 on Sunday).

*  Washington: 174 cases (171 on Sunday. Active cases: 27 (40 on Sunday).

*  Union: 299 cases (290 on Sunday). Active cases: 101 (119 on Sunday.


Posted 11/10/20




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