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County C19 deaths rise to 15; hospitalizations also up

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning two more deaths from COVID-19 in the county, to bring the total so far to 15.

Both victims were Portage Township residents, one in the 80-89 age group, the other 90-and-over. One of the victims was a man, the other a woman.

Of the 15 Porter County residents who have died of COVID-19, five were Dunelanders: four Westchester Township residents, two 70-79 demographic and two 80-89. A Liberty Township resident 80-89 has died as well.

Portage Township has seen nine of its residents die from COVID-19: three 50-59 demographic, one 70-79; two 80-89; and three 90-and-over.

One victim was a Center Township resident 70-79.

Nine of the victims were men. Six were women. Deaths by demographic: four 50-59; three 70-79; five 80-89; and three 90-and-over.

The Health Department was reporting this morning nine new cases of COVID-19 in the county over the last 24 hours (10 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 393, up from 384 on Thursday, an increase of 2.3 percent. The 19 new cases over the last 48 hours represent a 5.1 percent increase from Wednesday.

Twenty-seven of those patients are currently hospitalized, compared to 24 on Thursday; while 231 have recovered, unchanged from Thursday.

Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting recoveries and deaths: 147 (140 on Thursday).

COVID-19 trends in Porter County this week:

-- A surge in hospitalizations, from 17 on Monday to 27 today, an increase of 58 percent.

-- Fifty-one new cases were reported, from 342 on Monday to 393 today, an increase of 15 percent.

-- Of those 51 cases, 20 were in Center Township, which is experiencing its own surge, from 60 on Monday to 80 today, an increase of 33 percent.

Total COVID-19 tests conducted in Porter County as of Thursday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health: 2,827 up from 2,649 from Wednesday, an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous 24 hours.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 31 cases, four deaths, one hospitalization, 18 recoveries (unchanged from Thursday). Nine active cases.

-- Liberty: 19 cases, one death, no hospitalizations, 11 recoveries (unchanged from Thursday). Seven active cases.

-- Jackson: one case, one recovery.

-- Pine: three cases, no hospitalizations, one recovery (unchanged from Thursday). Two active cases.

Other hard hit townships:

-- Portage Township: 169 cases (167 on Thursday), nine deaths (seven), eight hospitalizations (seven), and 91 recoveries (91).

-- Center: 80 cases (74 on Thursday), one death (one), 16 hospitalizations (14), and 35 recoveries (35).

-- Washington: 46 cases, no hospitalizations, and 39 recoveries (unchanged from Thursday). These 46 cases include the 40 patients at Porter County Jail.

-- Union: 18 cases, two hospitalizations, and 14 recoveries (unchanged from Thursday)


Posted 5/15/2020




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