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Record high new C19 cases last week in Porter County

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The week ending Saturday, July 11, saw the highest absolute number of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, the Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning.

A total of 99 new COVID-19 cases was diagnosed in the county in the seven days between Sunday, July 5, and Saturday, July 11. The previous high was 80 in the week ending May 16.

More: for four weeks, since the seven-day period ending Saturday, June 13, the number of new cases has been rising steadily: 35 new cases were reported for the week ending Saturday, June 20; 51 cases for the following week; 69 in the week after that; and 99 last week.

None of those 99 new cases has resulted in hospitalization, however. Two patients were currently hospitalized today, and that number has remained unchanged since Tuesday, July 7. Nor have any additional COVID-19 deaths been reported since Wednesday, July 8. Twenty-five patients have recovered since Friday, to bring the total to date to 706.

Of last week's 99 new cases, 81--or fully 81 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics.

Over the Weekend

Over the last 72 hours, the Health Department was reporting 46 new cases (22 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 876, up from 830 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 23 new cases on Saturday; 13 on Sunday; and 10 today.

Of those 46 new cases since Friday, 35--or 76 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: eight in the 0-19 group (60 total); 13 in the 20-29 (174 total); nine in the 30-39 (140 total); and five in the 40-49 (140 total).

Long-Term Care Facilities

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 73 have recovered, all unchanged from Friday.

Duneland cases by Township

-- Westchester: 66 cases (64 cases on Friday). Fourteen active cases.

-- Liberty: 40 cases (37 on Friday). Eleven active cases.

-- Jackson: four cases (unchanged from Friday). Two active cases.

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

Other Townships

-- Portage: 336 cases (327 on Friday).

-- Center: 245 cases (230 on Friday).

-- Washington: 58 cases (57 on Friday).

-- Union: 40 cases (36 on Friday).

State cases top 52,000, but additional deaths remain low

One day after the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported the third highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began--748 on Friday--it reported the second highest ever on Saturday: 793.

The highest number since the pandemic began: 946 on April 26.

This morning ISDH was reporting 1,805 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (748 on Friday), to bring total cases so far to 52,037, up from 50,300 on Friday.

ISDH reported 793 new cases on Saturday; 560 on Sunday; and 452 today.

At the moment, however, additional deaths are lagging behind new cases. Total number of additional deaths over the last 72 hours: 14 (an additional nine deaths on Friday), to bring the total so far to 2,766, up from 2,752 on Friday.

ISDH reported eight additional deaths on Saturday; four on Sunday; and two today.

Nursing home cases and deaths to date: 5,695 cases and 1,245 deaths (5,581 and 1,220 on Friday).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 12,111 (11,920 on Friday); and the most deaths, 693 (692). Lake County has reported 5,677 (5,432) and 249 deaths (248), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 629 cases and 28 deaths (605 and 27).

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, unchanged from Friday.



Posted 7/13/2020




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