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County once again breaks new case records

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The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported on Saturday a new record-high seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases: 287 for the week ending Oct. 17, compared to the previous record of 225 for the week ending Oct. 10.

Last week’s 287 cases represent the fifth consecutive week of rising case numbers: from 94 for the week ending Sept. 12, to 119 for the week ending Sept. 19; then 124 for the week ending Sept. 26; 160 for the week ending Oct. 3; 225 for the week ending Oct. 10; then last week’s 287.

Also on Saturday, Porter County set a new record for daily cases: 55, breaking the previous record of 51 set the day before, on Friday, Oct. 16.

Meanwhile, PCHD was reporting today 127 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (51 on Friday), to bring the total so far to 2,909, up from 2,782 on Friday.

PCHD reported 55 new cases on Saturday; 33 on Sunday; and 39 today.

Of those 127 new cases reported over the last 72 hours, 83--or 65 percent--were diagnosed in the younger demographics: 29 in the 0-19 (432 total); 22 in the 20-29 (545); 13 in the 30-39 (466 total); and 19 in the 40-49 (436 total).

As of today, 432 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 14.9 percent of all cases (14.5 percent on Friday). On July 7, only 39 children or teens had been diagnosed of the 765 total cases at the time: or 5.1 percent.

Of the 127 new cases reported over the last 72 hours, 44--or 35 percent--were diagnosed in the older demographics (37 percent on Friday): 23 in the 50-59 (458 total); 14 in the 60-69 (292 total); four in the 70-79 (165 total); and three in the 80-89 (77 total). Total 90-and-over: 38.

PCHD reported five patients hospitalized today, up from two on Friday. Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting 2,466 total recoveries and 50 total deaths: 393, down from 455 on Friday.

To date, 121 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Porter County long-term care facilities, up from 120 on Friday. Of those 120, 31 have died, 88 have recovered, and none is currently hospitalized. As of today, there were two active cases in the county’s long-term care facilities, up from one on Friday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 50 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

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 unique-individual positivity rate.

-- New cases per 100,000 residents as of today: 161 (160 on Sunday, 168 on Saturday, and 157 on Friday). The 168 reported on Saturday was the highest per-100,000 average since the pandemic began.

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Oct. 11: 10.9 percent (11.3 percent on Oct. 10; 11.3 percent on Oct. 9; 11.4 percent on Oct. 8). The highest seven-day rolling average recorded since PCHD began tracking it was 11.6 percent on Oct. 5 and again on Oct. 7. Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland cases by Township:

-- Westchester: 357 cases (335 on Friday. Fifty-three active cases.

-- Liberty: 181 cases (168 on Friday). Twenty-five active cases.

-- Jackson: 56 cases (53 on Friday). Six active cases.

-- Pine: 12 cases (unchanged from Friday). No active cases.

Other Townships:

-- Portage: 985 cases (951 on Friday). 123 active cases.

-- Center: 769 cases (741 on Friday). Ninety-four active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 121 cases (115 on Friday). Eighteen active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 162 cases (157 on Friday). Twenty-four active cases.

Statewide Total C19 nearing 150000

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting today 5,739 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (2,328 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 149,166, up 143,495 on Friday.

ISHD reported 2,521 new cases on Saturday; 1,629 on Sunday; and 1,589 today. Saturday’s 2,521 are a new single-day record, breaking the previous record of 2,328 new cases set the previous day, on Friday, Oct. 16.

ISDH was also reporting today 73 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (23 additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 3,975, up from 3,902 on Friday.

ISDH reported 31 deaths on Saturday; 19 on Sunday; and 23 today.

ISDH was reporting today 1,373 hospitalizations, up from 1,311 on Friday: the most hospitalizations since May 13, when ISDH reported 1,381.

Marion County was reporting today 24,564 cases (24,034 on Friday) and 781 deaths (777), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 13,079 cases (12,834) and 350 deaths (346), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 2,130 cases (2,008) and 57 deaths (52).

The total COVID-19 death count includes both confirmed and presumptive deaths to date. Presumptive deaths are those for which x-ray, scans, and clinical symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record. A total of 233 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Friday.

Indiana School Cases

Meanwhile, ISDH was reporting today 476 new student cases state wide (2,843 total); 92 new teacher cases (567 total); 119 new staff cases (655 total).

There were 622 schools with no reported cases; 1,168 schools with one or more cases; and 576 schools have not reported.




Posted 10/19/2020




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