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A case of COVID-19 has been reported at the Symphony of Chesterton senior living facility, an enormous spike in cases reported on Thursday in LaPorte County has been attributed to a cluster of nearly 80 at the Westville Correctional Facility, and an error on Porter County's COVID-19 dashboard has been corrected.

Those are the pandemic headlines from the last 24 hours.

After deadline on Thursday, Porter County Health Department Adminstrator Letty Zepeda confirmed a rumor reported anecdotally to the Chesterton Tribune earlier this week: that a case of COVID-19 has been associated with the Symphony of Chesterton senior living facility. Zepeda told the Tribune that to date there is only the single case at the Symphony.

Meanwhile, also after deadline on Thursday, a funeral director who operates in Northwest Indiana told the Tribune that he is so far unaware of any meaningful uptick in deaths in nursing homes in Porter County.

As the Tribune reported on Thursday, to date Porter County Coroner Cyndi Dykes' office has not yet responded to any suspected--but unconfirmed--COVID-19 deaths at people's residences, as New York City and other jurisdictions have been reporting.

Westville Correctional Facility

A spike in reported COVID-19 cases in LaPorte County reported on Thursday by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)--from 42 on the previous day to 112, an increase of 167 percent--is being attributed to a cluster of 79 new cases at the Westville Correctional Facility.

Later in the day on Thursday, the Westville Indicator reported the following on its Facebook page: "Today's increase in cases for LaPorte County were entirely amongst the incarcerated population at Westville Correctional Facility. LaPorte County now reports 128 confirmed cases, a nearly threefold increase in a single day and the second largest increase of new cases in the state on Thursday. Westville Correctional Facility now accounts for 75 percent of inmate cases in the State of Indiana."

"Prison officials have repeatedly ignored requests for statistics on the number of tests that have been conducted in the facility," the Indicator also reported. "Also unclear are the number of correctional officers or prison staff that have contracted COVID-19, as IDOC does not report the locations of the 58 statewide staff members it has confirmed have been infected.

As the Tribune reported on Thursday, a total of 15 inmates at the Porter County Jail and one jail officer have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates have been placed in isolation and the officer is self-quarantining at home. The Porter County Health Department has said that the 16 cases associated with PCJ have been included in county COVID-19 totals.

Dashboard Error

On Wednesday, the Porter County Health Department's updated dashboard listed an additional COVID-19 death, for a total of three.

On Thursday, the Health Department stated that there have been no additional deaths and that a third death was reported incorrectly. To date only two Porter County residents have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Porter County:

Friday Update

This morning the Health Department was reporting a total of 153 COVID-19 cases in the county, up from 148 on Thursday, an increase of 3 percent.

Eleven patients are currently hospitalized (12 on Thursday); while 64 have recovered (56).

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting recoveries and deaths: 87 (90).

Total COVID-19 tests conducted in Porter County as of Thursday, according to ISDH: 1,095.

Two people have died in Porter County: a man and a woman, both Portage Township residents, both in the 50-59 demographic.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 12 cases, one hospitalization, six recoveries (12, one, and five). Six active cases.

-- Liberty: nine cases, two hospitalizations, four recoveries (unchanged). Five active cases.

-- Jackson: one case, no hospitalizations, no recoveries (unchanged). One active case.

-- Pine: one case, no hospitalization, no recovery. One active case.

Portage Township--with 70 cases, five hospitalizations, and 27 recoveries (67, six, and 21)--remains the hardest hit in the county; followed by Center, with 25 cases, two hospitalizations, and 12 recoveries (25, two, and 10); then Westchester; then Union, with eight cases, no hospitalizations, and seven recoveries (seven, none, and six).

The demographic with the most cases remains the 50-59 age group, with nearly 40; then 40-49 and 30-39, with more than 20; then 60-69, 70-79, and 20-29, with nearly 20.

Female patients outnumber male 84-69.






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