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Only five new C19 cases in Porter County today

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning only five new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (33 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 1,150, up from 1,145 on Thursday.

Those five new cases represent the lowest single-day total in 10 days and the second lowest single-day total all month (five new cases on July 20; and four new cases on July 6 and July 7), just one day after the Health Department reported the highest single-day total since the pandemic began: 33.

All of those five new cases were diagnosed among the younger demographics: two in the 0-19 (126 total); and three in the 20-29 (232 total). The other younger demographics: 30-39 (176 total); and 40-49 (189 total).

Three of the five cases are also in Duneland.

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 126 children or teens in Porter County, or 10.9 percent of all cases (10.8 percent of all cases on Thursday). When the Chesterton Tribune first began tracking COVID-19 cases in the younger demographics, on June 30, the 0-19 group accounted for 37 of the 715 total cases at the time, or 5.2 percent.

Meanwhile, three patients are currently hospitalized, while 931 have recovered, both unchanged from Thursday. The Health Department announced today that it will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now In Porter County: 173.

To date, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, 27 have died, no one is currently hospitalized, and 74 have recovered, all unchanged from Thursday.

For the record, according to the Health Department:

-- Positive cases are the number of individuals who get tested and have a positive test result. If an individual has multiple tests and receives multiple positive test results, it only counts as one positive case.

-- Positive antibody tests are not reported as positive cases.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 103 cases (102 on Thursday). Twenty-six active cases.

-- Liberty: 59 cases (58 on Thursday). Thirteen active cases.

-- Jackson: 15 cases (14 on Thursday). Eight active cases.

-- Pine: eight cases (unchanged from Thursday). One active case.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 420 cases (419 on Thursday).

-- Center: 323 cases (322 on Thursday).

-- Washington: 69 cases (unchanged from Thursday.

-- Union: 55 cases (unchanged from Thursday).

State reports 912 new cases and 19 deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 912 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (970 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 66,154, up from 65,253 on Thursday.

ISDH was also reporting 19 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (14 additional deaths on Thursday), to bring the total to date to 2,971, up from 2,952.

Meanwhile, ISDH has stopped reporting total cases and total deaths in nursing homes.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 14,432 (14,270 on Thursday); and the most deaths, 718 (717). Lake County has reported 6,935 cases (6,878) and 267deaths (266), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 800 cases and 29 deaths (787 and 29).

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 200 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Thursday.



Posted 7/31/2020




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