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2 more deaths as 7 day total of C19 cases spikes again in county

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After two continuous weeks of declining COVID-19 numbers in Porter County, the seven-day total for the week ending Saturday, Sept. 19, once again spiked, with a total of 119 new cases reported by the Health Department, up from 94 new cases for the week ending Saturday, Sept. 12.

The second highest seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began--138--was reported for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 29. New cases dropped to 126 for the week ending, Saturday, Sept. 5, then dropped again to 94 for the week ending Saturday, Sept. 12.

Last week’s seven-day total of 119 represents a 27-percent increase over the previous seven-day total of 94.

That spike in cases last week was accompanied by two additional deaths, reported this morning. One of the victims was in the 60-69 demographic; the other in the 70-79 demographic. One was a Portage Township resident; the other, a Center Township resident. And one of them was a resident of a long-term care facility. To date, 48 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Health Department was reporting this morning 57 new COVID-19 cases over the last 74 hours (34 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 2,077, up from 2,020 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 21 new cases on Saturday; 18 on Sunday; and 18 today.

Of those 57 new cases, 36--or 63 percent--were diagnosed in the younger demographics: 15 in the 0-19 (310 total); six in the 20-29 (409 total); 10 n the 30-39 (314 total); and five in 40-49 (314 total).

To date, 310 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 15.0 percent of all cases (14.6 percent on Friday). On July 7, only 39 children or teens had been diagnosed of the 765 total cases at the time: or 5.1 percent.

Meanwhile, four patients are currently hospitalized, down from seven on Friday. Total active cases in Porter County: 182, down from 220 on Friday.

To date, 119 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, unchanged from Thursday. Of those 119, 30 have died, up from 29 on Friday; 86 have recovered, up from 81 on Friday; and none is hospitalized, down from one on Friday. As of today, there were three active COVID-19 cases in the county’s long-term care facilities.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 237 cases (228 on Friday). Thirty active cases.

-- Liberty: 119 cases (115 on Friday). Fourteen active cases.

-- Jackson: 36 cases (33 on Friday). Seven active cases.

-- Pine: 11 cases (unchanged from Friday). No active cases.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 714 cases (699 on Friday). Fifty-six active cases.

-- Center: 568 cases (554 on Friday). Thirty-six active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

State C19 cases total 11,2027, deaths 3,522

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,395 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (1,499 on Friday, a new record high), to bring the total so far to 112,027, up from 109,683 on Friday.

ISDH reported 1,104 new cases on Saturday; 756 on Sunday; and 535 today.

ISDH was also reporting 19 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (17 additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 3,522, up from 3,503 on Friday.

ISDH reported nine deaths on Saturday; three on Sunday; and seven today.

Marion County was reporting today 20,746 cases (20,510 on Friday) and 758 deaths (758), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 10,264 cases (10,095) and 319 deaths (315), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 1,372 cases (1,351) and 37 deaths (37).

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 225 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Friday.



Posted 9/21/2020




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