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Another virus death reported in Porter County

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The Porter County Health Department reported on Saturday the first COVID-19 death in the county since July 30.

The victim was a Center Township resident in the 70-79 demographic who did not reside in a long-term care facility. To date, 42 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

The Health Department also reported a total of 117 new cases for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 22, down from the record high total of 140 reported for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 15, a week-over-week decrease of 16.4 percent.

This morning the Health Department was reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (22 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 1,589, up from 1,537 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 27 new cases on Saturday; 13 on Sunday; and 12 today.

Of those 52 new cases, 36--or 69 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: nine in the 0-19 (211 total); 10 in the 20-29 (320 total); eight in the 30-39 (330 total); and nine in the 40-49 (255 total).

To date, 211 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 13.3 percent of all cases (13.1 percent on Friday).

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 18 days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 339 new cases reported in that period, only 204 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 60 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.

Three patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, down from five on Friday; and 1,400 have recovered, up from 1,288 on Friday. Total active cases in Porter County right now: 147 down from 208 on Friday.

To date, 102 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County's long-term care facilities, 27 have died, one is currently hospitalized, and 74 have recovered, unchanged from Friday.

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: 157 cases (154 on Friday). Nineteen active cases.

-- Liberty: 82 cases (78 on Friday). Ten active cases.

-- Jackson: 21 cases (19 on Friday). Two active cases.

-- Pine: 10 cases (nine on Friday). One active case.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 584 cases (567 on Friday). Fifty-two active cases.

-- Center: 443 cases (428 on Friday). Thirty-six active cases. Center Township's total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 77 cases (unchanged from Friday). Four active cases. Washington Township's total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 81 cases (79 on Friday). Six active cases.

State reports 2,316 cases over the weekend

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,316 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 72 hours, to bring the total so far to 87,592, up from 85,367 on Friday

ISDH was also reporting 17 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (17 additional death on Friday), to bring the total to date to 3,237, up from 3,220 on Friday.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 17,593 (17,200 on Friday); and the most deaths, 743 (743). Lake County has reported 8,700 cases (8,438) and 292 deaths (289), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 1,114 cases and 31 deaths (1,067 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 217 presumptive deaths was reported today, up from 216 on Friday.



Posted 8/24/2020




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