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Five more virus deaths in Porter County

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Five more Porter County residents succumbed to COVID-19 over the long holiday weekend, the Porter County Health Department was reporting.

Three victims were Center Township residents; one, a Liberty Township resident; and one, a Westchester Township resident.

Two victims were in the 80-89 demographic; and one each in the 50-59, the 70-79, and the 90-and-over.

All five resided in long term care facilities (LTCFs).

To date, 163 Porter County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19. Deaths by township: in Duneland, 16 Liberty residents; 11 Westchester; and three Jackson. Outside of Duneland: 69 Center residents; 54 Portage; seven Union; one Boone; and one Washington; and one Pleasant.

Deaths by demographic: five in the 40-49; 14 in the 50-59; 21 in the 60-69; 36 in the 70-79; 50 in the 80-89; and 37 in the 90-and-over.

New Cases

Meanwhile, PCHD was reporting 562 new cases over the five-day period Wednesday-Sunday, to bring the total so far to 12,430.

PCHD reported 112 new cases on Wednesday (128 on Tuesday); 205 on Thursday, Christmas Eve; 130 on Friday, Christmas Day; 79 on Saturday; and 36 on Sunday.

Warning From

Health Department

PCHD was warning residents that the drop in new cases over the four-day period Thursday-Sunday “should not be considered as a true indicator of community spread.” On the contrary, PCHD said, “it is most likely to primarily be the result of almost all of the testing sites being closed over the Christmas weekend and the upcoming New Year’s weekend.”

As of Sunday, PCHD was putting the 0-19 demographic at 1.7K cases; the 20-29 at 2.2K; the 30-39 at 1.9K; the 40-49 at 2K; the 50-59 at 1.9K; and the 60-69 at 1.4K.

The other demographic totals as of Sunday: 70-79, 746 cases (703 on Tuesday); 80-89, 403 cases (377); and 90-and-over, 159 (151).


PCHD also reported 34 hospitalizations on Sunday, up from 29 on Tuesday.

Of Sunday’s 34 hospitalizations, six were residents of long term care facilities (LTCFs).


Of the new cases reported over the five-day period Wednesday-Sunday, 45 were residents of a long term care facility, to bring the total so far to 569, up from 524 on Tuesday.

Of those 569 LTCF cases, six were hospitalized on Sunday, unchanged from Tuesday; 406 have recovered, also unchanged from Tuesday; and 96 have died, up from 91 on Tuesday.

As of Sunday, there were 67 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County LTCFs, up from 27 on Tuesday.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 10,232 recoveries on Sunday, unchanged from Tuesday. Total active cases in Porter County as of Sunday, after subtracting the 10,232 recoveries and 163 deaths: 2,035, up from 1,478 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 Sunday: 457 (540 on Saturday; 566 on Dec. 20).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Dec. 19: 22.9 percent (22.9 percent on Dec. 18; 22.6 percent on Dec. 12).

-- All-test positivity rate as of Dec. 19: 9.3 percent (9.7 percent on Dec. 18; 10.8 percent on Dec. 12).

Note: both positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases by Township

-- Westchester: 1,455 cases (1,381 on Tuesday). Active cases: 262 (189 on Tuesday).

-- Liberty: 737 cases (691). Active cases: 139 (94)

-- Jackson: 248 cases (234). Active cases: 36 (22).

-- Pine: 66 cases (64). Active cases: 14 (12).

Other Townships

-- Portage: 3,790 cases (3,659 on Tuesday). Active cases: 517 (386 on Tuesday).

-- Center: 3,615 (3,461). Active cases: 596 (445).

-- Washington: 413 cases (389). Active cases: 71 (47).

-- Union: 697 cases (670). Active cases: 122 (95).

-- Boone: 416 cases (398). Active cases: 77 (59).

-- Pleasant: 245 cases (226). Active cases: 67 (48).

-- Morgan: 331 cases (307). Active cases 71 (47).

-- Porter: 417 cases (388). Active cases: 63 (34).



Posted 12/28/2020




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