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Two more deaths; Porter County swamped by new cases

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Two more Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19, the Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported after deadline on Thursday.

One of the victims was a Portage Township resident; the other, a Center Township resident. One was in the 50-59 age group; the other, in the 90-and-over. One was a resident of a nursing home.

To date, 69 Porter County residents have died of COVID-19. Thirteen of them were Dunelanders: eight Westchester Township residents and five Liberty Township. Twenty-four were Portage Township residents; 29 Center Township; and three Union Township. Deaths by age group: three in the 40-49; nine in the 50-59; 12 in the 60-69; 14 in the 70-79; 16 in the 80-89; and 15 in the 90-and-over.

In the 13 days since Friday, Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 13 Porter County residents.

New Cases

Meanwhile, PCHD reported 270 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday (188 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 5,696.

Those 270 new cases represent a new single-day record, shattering--by a margin of 38 percent--the previous record of 196 cases set exactly one week earlier, on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Of those 270 new cases, 68 percent were in the younger demographics: 48 in the 0-20 (814 total); 33 in the 20-29 (1,000 total); 61 in the 30-39 (907 total); and 40 in the 40-49 (899 total).

The remaining 32 percent were in the older age groups: 43 in the 50-59 (900 total); 22 in the 60-69 (613 total); 11 in the 70-79 (314 total); seven in the 80-89 (167 total); and three in the 90-and-over (80 total).

Put the unprecedented surge in new COVID-19 cases in perspective. Over the last five days, since Sunday, Nov. 8, a total of 888 new cases has been reported in Porter County. But it took fully the first 17 weeks of the pandemic--more than four months--to hit a comparable number of cases: 853, the total as of July 11.

Another way of putting it is this: there were more active cases in Portage and Center townships alone on Thursday--1,203--than there were total cases reported through the first 20 weeks of pandemic: 1,169, as of Aug. 1.


Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Porter County, with PCHD reporting 44 on Wednesday, up from 39 on Wednesday.

Thursday’s 44 hospitalizations are the most on any given day of the pandemic in Porter County, exceeding the previous high of 39 reported on Wednesday.

Prior to Nov. 3, no more than 28 COVID-19 patients had ever been hospitalized at one time: on May 20, more than five months ago.

Of Thursday’s 44 hospitalizations, 15 were long-term care facility (LTCF) residents.

Nursing Homes

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 17 were in long-term care facilities, to bring the total so far to 286, up from 269 on Wednesday.

Of those 286 nursing home cases, 15 were hospitalized, down from 17 on Wednesday; 111 have recovered, unchanged from Wednesday; and 45 have died, up from 44 on Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there were 130 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County nursing homes, up from 114 on Wednesday.

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 27 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 167 new cases, or 140 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 3,631 recoveries on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting the 3,631 recoveries and 69 deaths: 1,996, up from 1,728 on Wednesday.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and a seven-day rolling average of the unique-individual positivity rate.

- New cases per 100,000 residents as of Thursday: 694 (650 on Wednesday; 484 on Thursday, Nov. 5).

- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 4: 23.2 percent (23.1 percent on Nov. 3; 20 percent on Oct. 28). Note: the positivity rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases as of Thursday

- Westchester: 709 cases (671 on Wednesday). Active cases: 265 (227 on Wednesday).

- Liberty: 364 cases (345 on Wednesday). Active cases: 127 (108 on Wednesday).

- Jackson: 101 cases (98 on Wednesday). Active cases: 31 (28 on Wednesday).

- Pine: 23 cases (unchanged from Wednesday). Active cases: nine (unchanged from Wednesday).

Other Townships as of Thursday

- Portage: 1,800 cases (1,716 on Wednesday). Active cases: 578 (495 on Wednesday).

- Center: 1,631 (1,551 on Wednesday). Active cases: 625 (546 on Wednesday).


Posted 11/13/2020




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