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County reports record hospitalizations and 67th death from Covid19 virus

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

The victim was a Center Township resident in the 80-89 age group residing in a long-term care facility (LTCF).

To date, 67 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; 28 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by age group: three in the 40-49; eight in the 50-59; 12 in the 60-69; 14 in the 70-79; 16 in the 80-89; and 14 in the 90-and-over.

In the 11 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 11 Porter County residents.

Hospitalizations Rise

Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Porter County, with PCHD reporting 37 on Tuesday, up from 34 on Monday.

Tuesday’s 37 hospitalizations are the most on any given day of the pandemic in Porter County, exceeding the previous high of 34 reported on Monday.

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, 12 were nursing home residents.

New Cases

Also on Monday, PCHD reported 145 new COVID-19 cases (193 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 5,238.

Of those 145 new cases, 98--or 68 percent--were in the younger age groups: 28 in the 0-20 (741 total); 24 in the 20-29 (935 total); 19 in the 30-39 (818 total); and 27 in the 40-49 (821 total).

The remaining 47 cases--or 32 percent--were in the older age groups: 17 in the 50-59 (835 total); 13 in the 60-69 (569 total); 10 in the 70-79 (291 total); and six in the 80-89 (154 total); and one in the 90-and-over (74 total).

To put the surge in new COVID-19 cases in perspective, a total of 931 new cases was reported in Porter County for the week ending Saturday, Nov. 7, the highest seven-day total since the pandemic began. But it took fully the first 18 weeks of the pandemic--approximately four and a half months--to hit the identical number of cases: 931.

Nursing homes

Of the 145 new cases reported on Tuesday, six were in long-term care facilities, to bring the total so far to 263, up from 257 on Monday.

Of those 257 cases, 12 are currently hospitalized, up from nine on Monday; 111 have recovered, downgraded from 112 on Monday; and 44 have died, up from 43 on Monday.

Right now there are 108 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 102 on Monday.

Over the first six months of the pandemic--from March 17, when the county first started tracking COVID-19 numbers, to Oct. 16--a total of 119 cases was reported by county nursing homes. In the 25 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 144 new cases, or 121 percent.

Active Cases

The Health Department reported 3,631 recoveries on Tuesday, downgraded from 3,632 on Monday.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 67 deaths: 1,540, up from 1,395 on Monday.

Other Indicators

The Health Department recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard:

*  New cases per 100,000 residents as of Monday: 573 (570 on Monday; 433 on Tuesday, Nov. 3).

*  Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 2: 21.9 percent (20.3 percent on Nov. 1; 18.9 percent on Oct. 26). Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township as of Tuesday

*  Westchester: 648 cases (628 on Monday). Active cases: 204 (184 on Monday).

*  Liberty: 337 cases (326 on Monday). Active cases: 100 (89 on Monday).

*  Jackson: 94 cases (89 on Monday). Active cases: 24 (19 on Monday).

*  Pine: 23 cases (21 on Monday). Active cases: nine (seven on Monday).

Other Townships as of Tuesday

*  Portage: 1,654 cases (1,600 on Monday). Active cases: 433 (379 on Monday).

*  Center: 1,498 (1,460 on Monday). Active cases: 493 (455 on Monday).

*  Union: 305 cases (299 on Monday). Active cases: 107 (101 on Monday).


Posted 11/11/2020




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