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Two more COVID deaths in Porter County

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

Both were Center Township residents and both resided in long term care facilities (LTCFs). PCHD did not list the demographics of either victim.

To date, 118 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: 48 Center residents; 38 Portage; five Union; one Boone; and one Washington.

Deaths by demographic (as of Thursday not yet updated) 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 34 days since Oct. 30, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 62 Porter County residents. In the 10 days since Monday, Nov. 23, 31 residents have died.

New Cases

Also on Thursday, PCHD reported 157 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (123 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 9,273.

The Chesterton Tribune is now unable to calculate a precise breakdown of new cases by demographic, as PCHD does not update a given demographic total once it exceeds 1,000 cases. As of Thursday, 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 1.5K; the 50-59 at 1.5K; and the 60-69 at 1K.

The other demographic totals as of Thursday: 70-79, 566 cases (551 on Wednesday); 80-89, 296 cases (282); and 90-and-over, 126 (120).


Meanwhile, PCHD reported 57 hospitalizations on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

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 Thursday’s hospitalizations, 10 were residents of long term care facilities (LTCFs).


Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 21 were residents of long term care facilities, to bring the total so far to 461, up from 440 on Wednesday.

Of those 461 LTCF cases, 10 were hospitalized on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday; 269 have recovered, also unchanged from Wednesday; and 70 have died, up from 68 on Wednesday.

As of Thursday there were 122 active COVID-19 cases in Porter County LTCFs, up from 103 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 LTCFs. In the 48 days since Oct. 16 that number has grown by fully 321 new cases, or 287 percent.

Active Cases

PCHD reported 7,190 recoveries on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

Total active cases in Porter County as of Thursday after subtracting the 7,190 recoveries and 118 deaths: 1,965, up from 1,810 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; 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 Thursday: 520 (529 on Wednesday; 730 on Nov. 26).

-- Unique-individual positivity rate as of Nov. 25: 21.2 percent (21.5 percent on Nov. 24; 23.4 percent on Nov. 18).

-- Total-test positivity rate as of Nov. 25: 12.3 percent (12.9 percent on Nov. 24; 12.6 percent on Nov. 18). Note: both positivity rates lag up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods.

Duneland Cases

-- Westchester: 1,067 cases (1,052 on Wednesday). Active cases: 178 (163 on Wednesday).

-- Liberty: 541 cases (533). Active cases: 99 (91).

-- Jackson: 194 cases (189). Active cases: 45 (39).

-- Pine: 46 cases (46). Active cases: 13 (13).

Other Townships

-- Portage: 2,960 cases (2,914 on Wednesday). Active cases: 618 (572 on Wednesday).

-- Center: 2,680 (2,617). Active cases: 607 (546).

-- Washington: 304 cases (300). Active cases: 62 (58).

-- Union: 498 cases (492). Active cases: 88 (82).



Posted 12/4/2020




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