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.
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
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."
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.
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
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).
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
-- Westchester: 12
cases, one hospitalization, six recoveries (12, one, and five). Six active
-- 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.
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).
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.
outnumber male 84-69.