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New Porter County virus cases 37, one short of a record

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 37 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (25 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 2,465, up from 2,428 on Wednesday.

Those 37 news cases are one case shy of the single-day record of 38, set on Aug. 29.

Of those 37 new cases, 28--or 76 percent--were diagnosed in the younger demographics: eight in the 0-19 (362 total); seven in the 20-29 (476 total); nine in the 30-39 (395 total); and four in the 40-49 (365 total).

To date, 362 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 14.7 percent of all cases (14.6 percent on Wednesday). On July 7, only 39 children or teens had been diagnosed of the 765 total cases at the time: or 5.1 percent.

Of the 25 cases reported over the last 24 hours, 30 percent were diagnosed in the older demographics (40 percent on Wednesday): seven in the 50-59 (369 total); and two in the 60-69 (243 total). Total 70-79: 151. Total 80-89: 68. Total 90-and-over: 36.

Meanwhile, one patient is currently hospitalized, unchanged from Wednesday. Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting 2,118 total recoveries and 49 total deaths: 298, up from 261 on Wednesday.

A total of 119 COVID-19 cases has been reported in Porter County long-term care facilities, unchanged from Wednesday. Of those 119, 31 have died, 88 have recovered, and none is currently hospitalized. As of today, there were no active cases in the county’s long-term care facilities, unchanged from Wednesday.

No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported today. To date, 49 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 301 cases (299 on Wednesday). Fifty-five active cases.

-- Liberty: 149 cases (148 on Wednesday). Twenty-three active cases.

-- Jackson: 50 cases (49 on Wednesday). Seven active cases.

-- Pine: 12 cases (unchanged from Wednesday). One active case.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 840 cases (826 on Wednesday). Ninety-four active cases.

-- Center: 660 cases (644 on Wednesday). Sixty-seven active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 101 cases (99 on Wednesday). Six active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 140 cases (139 on Wednesday). Twenty-four active cases.

Statewide: 1,302 new cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 1,488 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (1,302 on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 129,677, up from 128,227 on Wednesday.

ISDH was also reporting 16 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (17 additional deaths on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 3,757, up from 3,741 on Wednesday.

In addition, ISDH was reporting today 1,110 hospitalizations (1,081 hospitalizations on Wednesday): the second highest number of hospitalizations since May 31, when ISDH reported 1,041 statewide.

Marion County was reporting today 22,689 cases (22,560 on Wednesday) and 771 deaths (771), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 11,419 cases (11,344) and 335 deaths (334), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 1,733 cases (1,704) and 47 deaths (46).

The total COVID-19 death count includes both confirmed and presumptive deaths to date. Presumptive deaths are those for which x-ray, scans, and clinical symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record. A total of 227 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Wednesday.

Indiana School Cases

Meanwhile, ISDH was reporting today 303 new student cases statewide (1,992 total); 59 new teacher cases (406 total); and 79 new staff cases (447 total), all unchanged from Wednesday.

There were 811 schools with no reported cases; 944 schools with one or more cases; and 1,067 schools have not reported, also all unchanged from Wednesday.


Posted 10/8/2020




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