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Another virus death reported in Porter County

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

The victim was a Portage Township resident in the 60-69 age group, not residing in a nursing home.

To date, 70 Porter County residents have died of COVID-19. Thirteen of them were Dunelanders: eight Westchester Township residents and five Liberty Township. Twenty-five were Portage Township residents; 29 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by age group: three in the 40-49; nine in the 50-59; 13 in the 60-69; 14 in the 70-79; 16 in the 80-89; and 15 in the 90-and-over.

In the 16 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 14 Porter County residents.

New Cases

Meanwhile, PCHD reported 671 new COVID-19 cases over the 72-hour period Friday-Sunday, to bring the total to date to 6,367.

PCHD reported 190 new cases on Friday (270 on Thursday); 199 on Saturday; and 282 on Sunday.

Sunday’s 282 cases represent a new single-day record, breaking the previous record of 270 set on three days before, on Thursday.

Another record was set on Saturday: the highest seven-day new case total since the pandemic began: 1,277, breaking the previous record of 931 during the week ending Saturday, Nov. 7.

Put this unprecedented surge in context: those 1,277 cases reported over the seven days Nov. 8-14 represent 20 percent of all COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began. It took the first 21 weeks of the pandemic--more than five months--to hit a comparable number: 1,307, the total as of Aug. 8.

The Chesterton Tribune is now unable to calculate a precise breakdown of new cases by demographic, as PCHD does not update a given demographic total once it exceeds 1,000 cases. The 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50-59 demographics all now exceed 1,000 cases. The 0-20 demographic, with 910 cases as of Sunday, is likely to exceed 1,000 cases sometime early this week.

The other demographic totals as of Sunday: 60-69, 682 cases; 70-79, 343 cases; 80-89, 182 cases; and 90-and-over, 84 cases.


On Sunday, PCHD reported 45 hospitalizations, up from 44 on Thursday.

Sunday’s 45 hospitalizations are the most on any given day of the pandemic in Porter County, exceeding the previous high of 44 reported on Thursday.

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 Sunday’s 45 hospitalizations, 14 were nursing home residents.


Of the 671 new cases reported Friday-Sunday, 17 were among residents of long-term care facilities nursing homes, bringing the total to 303, up from 286 on Thursday.

Of those 303 nursing home cases, 14 were hospitalized, down from 15 on Thursday; 111 have recovered, unchanged from Thursday; and 45 have died, also unchanged from Thursday.

As of Sunday, there were 147 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 130 on Thursday.

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 30 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 184 new cases, or 154 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 3,631 recoveries on Sunday, unchanged from Thursday.

Total active cases in Porter County as of Sunday, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 70 deaths: 2,666, up from 1,996 on Thursday.

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 Thursday: 861 (694 on Thursday; 549 on Sunday, Nov. 8).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 7: 24.7 percent (24.1 percent on Nov. 6; 20.8 percent on Oct. 31). Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township

as of Sunday

-- Westchester: 783 cases (709 on Thursday). Active cases: 339 (265 on Thursday).

-- Liberty: 400 cases (364 on Thursday). Active cases: 163 (127 on Thursday).

-- Jackson: 133 cases (101 on Thursday). Active cases: 63 (31 on Thursday).

-- Pine: 27 cases (23 cases on Thursday). Active cases: 13 (nine on Thursday).

Other Townships as of Sunday

-- Portage: 2,037 cases (1,800 on Thursday). Active cases: 814 (578 on Thursday).

-- Center: 1,800 (1,631 on Thursday). Active cases: 794 (625 on Thursday).



Posted 11/16/2020




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