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22 new Porter County cases including one in long term care

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 22 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (18 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 1,537, up from 1,515 on Thursday.

Of those 22 new cases, 17--or 77 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: six in the 0-19 (202 total); seven in the 20-29 (310 total); three in the 30-39 (222 total); and one in the 40-49 (246 total).

To date, 202 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 13.1 percent of all cases (12.9 percent on Thursday).

According to the records of the Chesterton Tribune, between July 1 and Aug. 6, fully 406 of the 529 new cases in Porter County were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 77 percent.

However, over the last 15 days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 287 new cases reported in that period, only 168 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 59 percent. That fact would seem to indicate that the surge of new cases in the younger demographics in July is spreading into the older and more vulnerable population, although there has been no accompanying spike in hospitalizations or deaths.

Five patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, up from three on Thursday; and 1,288 have recovered, unchanged from Thursday. Total active cases in Porter County right now: 208, up from 186 on Thursday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

However, for the first time since June 30, the Health Department is reporting a case of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility. That patient is one of the two new ones to be reported hospitalized today. To date, 102 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, 27 have died, and 74 have recovered.

For the record, according to the Health Department:

-- Positive cases are the number of individuals who get tested and have a positive test result. If an individual has multiple tests and receives multiple positive test results, it only counts as one positive case.

-- Positive antibody tests are not reported as positive cases.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 154 cases (152 on Thursday). Thirty active cases.

-- Liberty: 78 cases (77 on Thursday. Ten active cases.

-- Jackson: 19 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Four active cases.

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

Other Townships

-- Portage: 567 cases (558 on Thursday).

-- Center: 428 cases (421 on Thursday).

-- Washington: 77 cases (76 on Thursday).

-- Union: 79 cases (78 on Thursday).

State reports 1050 new cases and 17 deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 1,050 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (955 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 84,317, up from 83,277 on Thursday.

ISDH was also reporting 17 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (11 additional deaths on Thursday), to bring the total to date to 3,220, up from 3,203 on Thursday.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 17,200 (17,068); and the most deaths, 743 (742). Lake County has reported 8,438 cases (8,355) and 289 deaths (288), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 1,067 cases and 30 deaths (1,042 and 30).

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 216 presumptive deaths was reported today, up from 212 on Thursday.


Posted 8/21/2020




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