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COVID19 claims another Porter County life

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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 in the 70-79 age group and not residing in a nursing home. PCHD did not report the victim’s township of residence.

To date, 72 Porter County residents have died of COVID-19. Deaths by township (prior to the one reported on Tuesday): eight Westchester Township residents and six Liberty Township. Twenty-five were Portage Township residents; 29 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by age group (current): three in the 40-49; nine in the 50-59; 13 in the 60-69; 15 in the 70-79; 17 in the 80-89; and 15 in the 90-and-over.

In the 18 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 16 Porter County residents.

New Cases

Meanwhile, PCHD reported 182 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (226 on Monday), to bring the total to date to 6,775.

The Chesterton Tribune is now unable to calculate a precise breakdown of new cases by demographic, as PCHD does not update a given demographic total once it exceeds 1,000 cases. The 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50-59 age groups all now exceed 1,000 cases. The 0-20 age group, with 970 cases as of Tuesday, is likely to exceed 1,000 cases either today or Thursday.

The other age group totals as of Tuesday: 60-69, 740 cases (711 on Monday); 70-79, 368 cases (353); 80-89, 195 cases (189); and 90-and-over, 90 (90).


On Tuesday, PCHD reported 65 hospitalizations, down from 66 on Monday.

Prior to Nov. 3, no more than 28 COVID-19 patients had ever been hospitalized at one time: on May 20, half a year ago.

Of Tuesday’s 65 hospitalizations, 19 were nursing home residents.

Nursing Homes

Of the 182 new cases reported on Tuesday, four were among residents of nursing homes, bringing the total to 319, up from 315 on Monday.

Of those 319 cases, 19 were hospitalized on Tuesday, down from 20 on Monday; 126 have recovered, unchanged from Monday; and 46 have died, also unchanged from Monday.

As of Tuesday there were 147 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 143 on Monday.

Over the first six months of the pandemic--from March 17, when PCHD first started tracking COVID-19 numbers, to Oct. 16--a total of 119 cases was reported by nursing homes. In the 32 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 200 new cases, or 168 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 4,399 recoveries on Tuesday, unchanged from Monday.

Total active cases in Porter County as of Tuesday, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 72 deaths: 2,304, up from 2,123 on Monday.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; a seven-day rolling average of the unique-individual positivity rate; and a seven-day rolling average of the all-test positivity rate.

-- New cases per 100,000 residents as of Tuesday: 902 (880 on Monday; 573 on Tuesday, Nov. 10).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 9: 26.4 percent (25.9 percent on Nov. 8; 21.8 percent on Nov. 2). Note: Positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township

as of Tuesday

-- Westchester: 830 cases (806 cases on Monday). Active cases: 300 (276 on Monday).

-- Liberty: 415 cases (410). Active cases: 125 (120).

-- Jackson: 143 cases (136). Active cases: 66 (59).

-- Pine: 29 cases (27). Active cases: 11 (nine).

Other Townships as of Tuesday

-- Portage: 2,162 cases (2,111 on Monday). Active cases: 707 (656 on Monday).

-- Center: 1,924 (1,870). Active cases: 681 (627).



Posted 11/18/2020




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