For the week ending
Saturday, Aug. 1, the Porter County Health Department reported a slight
downtick in the seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases: 117, compared to the
121 reported for the previous week, ending Saturday, July 25.
Those 121 cases,
however, were the most ever recorded in a week since the pandemic began, and
last week's 117 cases still represent the second highest seven-day total and
a week-over-week decrease of only 3.3 percent.
Health Department was reporting this morning 56 new cases of COVID-19 over
the last 72 hours (five new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to
1,206, up from 1,150 on Friday.
Department reported 19 new cases on Saturday; 19 on Sunday; and 18 today.
Of those 56 new
cases, 43--or 77 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: 14
in the 0-19 (140 total); 11 in the 20-29 (243 total), seven in the 30-39
(183 total); and 11 in 40-49 (200 total).
To date, COVID-19
has been diagnosed in 140 children or teens in Porter County, or 11.6
percent of all cases (10.9 percent of all cases on Friday). 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.
patients are currently hospitalized, while 931 have recovered, both
unchanged from Friday. The Health Department announced last week that it
will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now
In Porter County: 234, up from 173 on Friday.
deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have
succumbed to COVID-19. As the Chesterton Tribune has been reporting, the
surge in COVID-19 cases over the last five weeks has not been accompanied by
increased hospitalizations or by any significant spike in additional deaths.
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.
antibody tests are not reported as positive cases.
Duneland cases by
-- Westchester: 107
cases (103 on Friday). Thirty active cases.
-- Liberty: 63
cases (59 on Friday). Seventeen active cases.
-- Jackson: 15
cases (unchanged from Friday). Nine active cases.
-- Pine: nine cases
(eight cases on Friday). Two active cases.
-- Portage: 436
cases (420 on Friday).
-- Center: 344
cases (323 on Friday).
-- Washington: 69
cases (unchanged from Friday).
-- Union: 61 cases
(55 on Friday).
The Indiana State
Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,355 new cases of
COVID-19 over the last 72 hours (912 new cases on Friday), to bring the
total so far to 68,433, up from 66,154 on Friday.
ISDH was also
reporting 15 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (19
additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 2,986, up from
2,971 on Friday.
Meanwhile, ISDH is
no longer reporting total cases and total deaths in nursing homes.
Marion County has
the most reported cases, 14,863 (14,432 on Friday); and the most deaths, 719
(718). Lake County has reported 7,101 cases (6,935) and 271 deaths (267),
the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has
reported 838 cases and 29 deaths (800 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 Friday.