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