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New cases in Porter County total 188

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After deadline on Wednesday, the Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported 188 new COVID-19 cases (145 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 5,426.

Those 188 new cases represent the third highest 24-hour total since the pandemic began, behind 196 new cases reported on Thursday, Nov. 5; and 193 reported on Monday, Nov. 9.

Of those 188 new cases, 123--or 65 percent--were in the younger demographics: 25 in the 0-20 (766 total); 32 in the 20-29 (967 total); 28 in the 30-39 (846 total); and 38 in the 40-49 (859 total).

The remaining 65 cases--or 35 percent--were in the older demographics: 22 in the 50-59 (857 total); 22 in the 60-69 (591 total); 12 in the 70-79 (303 total); six in the 80-89 (160 total); and three in the 90-and-over (77 total).

Put the unprecedented 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.


Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Porter County, with PCHD reporting 39 on Wednesday, up from 37 on Tuesday.

Wednesday's 39 hospitalizations are the most on any given day of the pandemic in Porter County, exceeding the previous high of 37 reported on Tuesday.

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 Wednesday's 39 hospitalizations, 17 were long-term care facility (LTCF) residents.


Of the 188 new cases reported on Wednesday, six were in long-term care facilities, to bring the total so far to 269, up from 263 on Tuesday.

Of those 269 cases, 17 are currently hospitalized, up from 12 on Tuesday; 111 have recovered, unchanged from Tuesday; and 44 have died, also unchanged from Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there were 114 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County LTCFs, up from 108 on Tuesday.

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 LTCFs. In the 26 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 150 new cases, or 126 percent.


No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday. To date, 67 Porter County residents succumbed to COVID-19.

In the 12 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 11 Porter County residents.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 3,631 recoveries on Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 67 deaths: 1,728, up from 1,540 on Tuesday.

Other Indicators

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

-- New cases per 100,000 residents as of Monday: 650 (573 on Tuesday; 430 on Wednesday, Nov. 4).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 3: 22.8 percent (21.9 percent on Nov. 2; 19.3 percent on Oct. 27). Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township as of Wednesday

-- Westchester: 671 cases (648 on Tuesday). Active cases: 227 (204 on Tuesday).

-- Liberty: 345 cases (337 on Tuesday). Active cases: 108 (100 on Tuesday).

-- Jackson: 98 cases (94 on Tuesday). Active cases: 28 (24 on Tuesday).

-- Pine: 23 cases (unchanged). Active cases: nine (nine on Tuesday).

Other Townships as of Wednesday

-- Portage: 1,716 cases (1,654 on Tuesday). Active cases: 495 (433 on Tuesday).

-- Center: 1,551 (1,498 on Tuesday). Active cases: 546 (493 on Tuesday).

-- Washington: 181 cases (174 on Tuesday). Active cases: 34 (27 on Tuesday).

-- Union: 314 cases (305 on Tuesday). Active cases: 116 (107 on Tuesday).


Posted 11/12/2020




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