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Porter County reports 146 new cases, record hospitalizations

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The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) Wednesday reported 146 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (182 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 6,921.

Hospitalizations set Record

On Wednesday, the Health Department reported 66 hospitalizations, up from 65 on Tuesday. Wednesday’s 66 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began.

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 Wednesday’s hospitalizations, 19 were nursing home residents.

Nursing Homes

Of the 146 new cases reported on Wednesday, four were among residents of nursing homes, bringing the total to 323, up from 319 on Tuesday.

Of those 323 cases, 19 were hospitalized on Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday; 126 have recovered, also unchanged from Tuesday; and 46 have died, unchanged as well.

As of Wednesday there were 151 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 147 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 nursing homes. In the 33 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 204 new cases, or 171 percent.

Active Cases

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

Total active cases in Porter County as of Wednesday after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 72 deaths: 2,450, up from 2,304 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; 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 Wednesday: 877 (902 on Tuesday; 650 on Tuesday, Nov. 11).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 10: 27.2 percent (26.4 percent on Nov. 9; 23.1 percent on Nov. 3).

-- Total-test positivity rate as of Nov. 10: 16.3 percent (16.1 percent on Nov. 9; 14.9 percent on Nov. 3). Note: both positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.


PCHD reported no additional deaths on Wednesday. To date, 72 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Duneland Cases by Township as of Wednesday

-- Westchester: 842 cases (830 cases on Tuesday). Active cases: 312 (300 on Tuesday).

-- Liberty: 420 cases (415). Active cases: 130 (125).

-- Jackson: 144 cases (143). Active cases: 67 (66).

-- Pine: 30 cases (29). Active cases: 12 (11).

Other Townships

-- Portage: 2,229 cases (2,162 on Tuesday). Active cases: 774 (707 on Tuesday).

-- Center: 1,963 (1,924). Active cases: 720 (681).

-- Washington: 223 cases (219). Active cases: 55 (51).

-- Union: 396 cases (388). Active cases: 143 (135).


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 demographics all now exceed 1,000 cases. The 0-20 demographic, with 988 cases as of Wednesday, is likely to exceed 1,000 cases either today or Friday.

The other demographic totals as of Wednesday: 60-69, 755 cases (740 on Tuesday); 70-79, 381 cases (368); 80-89, 205 cases (195); and 90-and-over, 91 (90).


Posted 11/19/2020




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