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Eight more COVID deaths in Porter County long term care facilities

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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of eight more Porter County residents, the Porter County Health Department reported after deadline on Wednesday.

Four were Center Township residents; three, Portage Township residents; and one, a Washington Township resident. Four victims were in the 90-and-above demographic; two in the 80-89; one in the 70-79; and one in the 60-69.

All eight victims were residents of long term care facilities (LTCFs) which include nursing homes, assisting living residences, memory care units and group homes.

To date, 116 Porter County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Deaths by township: in Duneland, 13 Liberty residents; 10 Westchester; and two Jackson. Outside of Duneland: 46 Center residents; 38 Portage; five Union; one Boone; and one Washington.

Deaths by age group: five in the 40-49; 11 in the 50-59; 17 in the 60-69; 25 in the 70-79; 30 in the 80-89; and 28 in the 90-and-over.

In the 33 days since Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 60 Porter County residents. In the nine days since Monday, Nov. 23, 29 residents have died.

New Cases

Also on Wednesday, PCHD reported 123 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (140 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 9,116.

The Chesterton Tribune is now unable to calculate a precise breakdown of new cases by age group, as PCHD does not update a given demographic total once it exceeds 1,000 cases.

As of Wednesday, PCHD was putting the 0-19 demographic at 1.3K cases; the 20-29 at 1.6K; the 30-39 at 1.4K; the 40-49 at 1.4K; the 50-59 at 1.4K; and the 60-69 at 1K. The other demographic totals as of Wednesday: 70-79, 551 cases (541 on Tuesday); 80-89, 282 cases (272); and 90-and-over, 120 (115).


Meanwhile, PCHD reported 57 hospitalizations on Wednesday, down from 59 on Tuesday. Prior to Nov. 3, no more than 28 COVID-19 patients had ever been hospitalized at one time: on May 20, half a year ago.

Of Wednesday's hospitalizations, 10 were residents of long term care facilities (LTCFs).


Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, 19 were residents of LTCFs, to bring the total so far to 440, up from 421 on Tuesday. Of those 440 LTCF cases, 10 were hospitalized on Wednesday, down from 12 on Tuesday; 269 have recovered, unchanged from Tuesday; and 68 have died, up from 60 on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday there were 103 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County LTCFs, up from 92 on Tuesday. 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 LTCFs. In the 47 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 321 new cases, or 270 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 7,190 recoveries on Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday. Total active cases in Porter County as of Wednesday after subtracting the 7,190 recoveries and 116 deaths: 1,810 up from 1,695 on Tuesday.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; a seven-day rolling average of the unique-individual positivity rate; and a seven-day rolling average of the all-test positivity rate. -- New cases per 100,000 residents as of Wednesday: 529 (541 on Tuesday; 759 on Nov. 25). -- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 24: 21.5 percent (21.8 percent on Nov. 23; 24.4 percent on Nov. 17). -- Total-test positivity rate as of Nov. 24: 12.9 percent (12.8 percent on Nov. 23; 13.2 percent on Nov. 17). Note: both positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

 Duneland Cases

-- Westchester: 1,052 cases (1,044 on Tuesday). Active cases: 163 (155 on Tuesday).

-- Liberty: 533 cases (531). Active cases: 91 (89).

-- Jackson: 189 cases (188). Active cases: 39 (39). -- Pine: 46 cases (46). Active cases: 13 (13).

Other Townships

-- Portage: 2,914 cases (2,861 on Tuesday). Active cases: 572 (522 on Tuesday).

-- Center: 2,617 (2,579). Active cases: 546 (512).

-- Washington: 300 cases (296). Active cases: 58 (55). -- Union: 492 cases (485). Active cases: 82 (75).



Posted 12/3/2020




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