The Porter County Health
Department (PCHD) reported after deadline on Wednesday an overnight spike in
COVID-19 hospitalizations not seen in nearly five months: 25, up from six on
According to the
records, the most hospitalizations reported on any one day since the
pandemic began in Porter County was 28, on May 20. The last time
hospitalizations exceeded 25 in Porter County was on June 2, when 27 were
Of the 25 hospitalizations
reported on Wednesday, nine were of long-term care facility (LTCF)
residents, up from only one such hospitalization on Tuesday.
PCHD also reported on
Wednesday the death of another Porter County resident from COVID-19. The
victim was in the 40-49 demographic and resided in a Center Township LTCF.
To date, 55 Porter County
residents have died of COVID-19. Eleven of them were Dunelanders: nine
Westchester Township residents and two Liberty Township. Twenty-one were
Portage Township residents; 21 Center Township; one Union Township; and one
Deaths by demographic: two
in the 40-49; seven in the 50-59; seven in the 60-69; 13 in the 70-79; 13 in
the 80-89; and 13 in the 90-and-over.
Meanwhile, PCHD reported 62
new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (83 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the
total so far to 3,586.
Of those, 35--or 56
percent--were diagnosed in the younger demographics: four in the 0-19 (515
total); 15 in the 20-29 (662); nine in the 30-39 (570 total); and seven in
the 40-49 (535 total).
The remaining 27 cases--or
44 percent--percent were diagnosed in the older demographics: 11 in the
50-59 (561 total); nine in the 60-69 (373 total); four in the 70-79 (205
total); and three in the 80-89 (110 total). Total in 90-and-over: 55.
PCHD reported two new
COVID-19 cases in LTCFs, to bring the total so far to 198. Of those, nine
are hospitalized, up from one on Tuesday; 88 have recovered, a downgrade
from the 89 recoveries reported on Tuesday; and 35 have died, up from 34 on
As of Wednesday, there were
75 active cases in Porter County LTCFs, up from 73 on Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, PCHD was
reporting 2,780 total recoveries, downgraded from 2,785 on Tuesday; and 55
Total active cases in
Porter County: 751, up from 685 on Tuesday.
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
unique-individual positivity rate.
-- New cases per 100,000
residents as of Wednesday: 336 (334 on Tuesday): the highest per-100,000
average since the pandemic began.
positivity rate as of Oct. 20: 15.4 percent (15 percent on Tuesday). Note:
the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of
Health reporting methods.
Duneland Cases by Township
-- Westchester: 435 cases
(433 on Tuesday). Ninety-one active cases.
-- Liberty: 222 cases (215
on Tuesday). Forty-nine active cases.
-- Jackson: 67 cases (66 on
Tuesday). Thirteen active cases.
-- Pine: 14 cases (14 on
Tuesday). Two active cases.
-- Portage: 1,175 cases
(1,152 on Tuesday). 209 active cases.
-- Center: 995 (981 on
Tuesday). 242 active cases.
-- Washington: 144 cases
(138 on Tuesday). Twenty-five active cases.
-- Union: 189 cases (185 on
Tuesday). Thirty-three active cases.