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Nine new C19 cases in Porter County

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning nine new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (six new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 730, up from 721 on Wednesday.

Over the last eight days--Thursday, June 25, through today--the Health Department has reported 80 new cases, an increase of 12 percent.

Of the nine new cases reported today, seven are in the younger demographics: one in 0-19 (38 total); five in 20-29 (129 total); and one in 40-49 (123 total). Total in 30-39: 113. Fifty-five percent of all COVID-19 cases reported in Porter County to date are in demographics younger than 50-59.

Four patients are currently hospitalized, while 582 have recovered, both unchanged from Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health was reporting 9,587 COVID-19 tests in Porter County, with a positivity rate of 7.1 percent, which compares favorably to the state’s own positivity rate of 9.5 percent. The lower the positivity rate, the more extensive a community’s testing program is. It’s important to note that the 80 new COVID-19 cases in Porter County over the last seven days have not been accompanied by any significant increase in hospitalizations. Although hospitalizations rose on Tuesday to four, for the last week the number had been steady at two.

No additional deaths were reported today. Thirty-seven Porter County residents so far have died of COVID-19.

To date, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, 26 patients have died, no one is currently hospitalized, and 69 have recovered, all unchanged from Wednesday.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 53 cases (52 on Wednesday). Twelve active cases.

-- Liberty: 27 cases (unchanged from Wednesday). Two active cases.

-- Jackson: Two cases, neither active.

-- Pine: Seven cases, none of them active.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 291 cases (287 on Wednesday).

-- Center: 208 cases (207 on Wednesday).

-- Washington: 56 cases (unchanged from Wednesday).

-- Union: 35 cases (33 on Wednesday).

State C19 cases top 46,000

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 453 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (371 new cases on Wednesday), to bring total cases so far to 46,387, up from 45,952 on Wednesday.

ISDH was also reporting today an additional 13 deaths over the last 24 hours (an additional 10 deaths on Wednesday), to bring total deaths so far to 2,665, up from 2,652 on Wednesday.

Nursing home cases and deaths to date: 5,342 cases and 1,166 deaths (unchanged from Wednesday).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 11,434 (11,387 on Wednesday); and the most deaths, 680 (679). Lake County has reported 4,985 cases (4,872) and 241 deaths (240), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 541 cases and 25 deaths (539 and 25).

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 193 presumptive deaths was reported today, re-calculated down from 194 on Wednesday.



Posted 7/2/2020




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