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Weekly new virus cases dip last week in county while state surge continues

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 22 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (14 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 948, up from 926 on Friday.

The Health Department reported five new cases on Saturday; seven on Sunday; and 10 today.

Of those 22 new cases, 15--or 68 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: four in the 0-19 (74 total); five in the 20-29 (187 total); two in the 30-39 (150 total); and four in the 40-49 (154 total).

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 74 children or teens in Porter County, or 7.8 percent of all cases.

Meanwhile, three patients are currently hospitalized and 757 have recovered, unchanged from Friday. Total active cases right now In Porter County: 152, up from 130 on Friday

No additional deaths were reported today. So far a total of 39 patients have died of COVID-19 in Porter County.

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.

The week ending Saturday, July 18, saw a total of 78 new cases in Porter County, the third highest weekly number of cases since the pandemic began (99, week ending July 11; 80, week ending May 16) but also the first weekly decrease in new cases since the week ending June 13. As the Chesterton Tribune has been reporting, the surge in new cases over the previous four weeks has not been accompanied by increased hospitalizations or deaths.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 75 cases (unchanged from Friday). Fifteen active cases.

-- Liberty: 45 cases (42 on Friday). Nine active cases.

-- Jackson: six cases (unchanged from Friday). Three active cases.

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

Other Townships

-- Portage: 361 cases (349 on Friday).

-- Center: 262 cases (258 on Friday).

-- Washington: 64 cases (62 on Friday).

-- Union: 46 cases (unchanged from Friday).

Statewide: 2,440 new cases over the weekend

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,440 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 72 hours (747 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 57,206, up from 54,813 on Friday.

ISDH reported 855 new cases on Saturday, the third highest one-day total since the pandemic began; 927 new cases on Sunday, the second highest one-day total (behind 946 on April 26); and 658 new cases today.

ISDH was also reporting 22 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (eight additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 2,829, up from 2,807 on Friday. Although new cases in Indiana are currently surging, there has been no accompanying spike in deaths.

Nursing home cases and deaths to date: 5,833 cases and 1,262 deaths (5,695 cases and 2,245 deaths on Friday).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 12,843 (12,484 on Friday); and the most deaths, 706 (702). Lake County has reported 6,223 cases (5,983) and 254 deaths (252), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 695 cases and 28 deaths (670 and 28).

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 Thursday.


Posted 7/20/2020




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