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