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Record weekly high of new C19 cases in Porter County

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Porter County saw a record seven-day high of new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 8: 138, or 14 percent more cases than the previous record of 121, for the week ending Saturday, July 25.

Those 138 cases, the most in a calendar week since the pandemic began, brought to an abrupt end a slight downtick in new cases reported for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 1: 117, a nominal decrease from the 121 reported the previous week.

Meanwhile, the Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 72 new cases over the last 72 hours (28 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 1,350, up from 1,278 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 29 new cases on Saturday; 21 on Sunday; and 22 today.

Of those 72 new cases, 45--or 63 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: nine in the 0-19 (161 total); 10 in the 20-29 (269 total); seven in the 30-39 (199 total); and 19 in the 40-49 (229 total).

According to the records of the Chesterton Tribune, between July 1 and Thursday, Aug. 6, fully 406 of the 529 new cases in Porter County were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 77 percent.

However, over the last four days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 100 new cases reported in that period, only 55 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 55 percent. That fact would seem to indicate that the surge of new cases in the younger demographics in July and into the first week of August has begun to spread into the older and more vulnerable population.

Nevertheless, that surge has not been accompanied by any spikes in hospitalizations or deaths. Three patients are currently hospitalized, unchanged from Friday; while 1,128 have recovered, up from 1,010 on Friday. Total active cases right now in Porter County: 181, down from 227 on Friday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

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 Friday. The Health Department has not reported a new COVID-19 case in a long-term facility here since June 30.

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: 127 cases (117 on Friday). Twenty-two active cases.

-- Liberty: 68 cases (66 on Friday). Eight active cases.

-- Jackson: 15 cases, none of them active.

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

Other Townships

-- Portage: 495 cases (462 on Friday).

-- Center: 383 cases (370 on Friday).

-- Washington: 71 cases (69 on Friday).

-- Union: 71 cases (65 on Friday).

 

 

Posted 8/10/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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