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
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
hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Porter County, with PCHD
reporting 37 on Tuesday, up from 34 on Monday.
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.
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.
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
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.
Department reported 3,631 recoveries on Tuesday, downgraded from 3,632 on
Total active cases
in Porter County, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 67 deaths:
1,540, up from 1,395 on Monday.
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.
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).
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
1,654 cases (1,600 on Monday). Active cases: 433 (379 on Monday).
1,498 (1,460 on Monday). Active cases: 493 (455 on Monday).
* Union: 305
cases (299 on Monday). Active cases: 107 (101 on Monday).