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County sets new 7 day record for new C19 cases

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The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) reported on Saturday a new record high seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases: 225 for the week ending Oct. 10, compared to the old record of 160 for the week ending Oct. 3.

Last week’s 225 new cases represent the fourth consecutive week of rising case numbers: from 94 for the week ending Sept. 12, to 119 for the week ending Sept. 19; then 124 for the week ending Sept. 26; then 160 for the week ending Oct. 3; then last week’s 225.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and a seven-day rolling average positivity rate.

-- New cases per 100,000 residents: that rolling average has spiked sharply over the last week, rising from 94 new cases per 100,000 residents on Saturday, Oct. 3, to 147 on Sunday, Oct. 11, an increase of 56 percent and the single highest per-100,000 average since the pandemic began.

-- Positivity rate: that rolling average (which lags up to eight days because of Indiana State Department of Health reporting methods) rose to its highest in nearly four months on Oct. 3: 8.8 percent (8.8 percent last recorded on June 19). It rose to 8.8 percent on Oct. 3, moreover, from a two-week low of 5.4 percent on Sept. 19.

Through Sunday

As of deadline today, PCHD had not released its daily update for Monday.

However, over the 48-hour period Saturday and Sunday PCHS reported 82 new COVID-19 cases (50 new cases on Friday), to bring through Sunday to 2,597, up from 2,515 on Friday.

PCHS reported 35 new cases on Saturday; and 47 on Sunday.

Of those 82 new cases, 59--or 72 percent--were diagnosed in the younger demographics: 15 in the 0-19 (383 total); 20 in the 20-29 (499 total); eight in the 30-39 (413 total); and 16 in the 40-49 (391 total).

To date, 383 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 14.7 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.

Of the 82 cases reported on Saturday and Sunday, 22--or 27 percent--were diagnosed in the older demographics (40 percent on Friday): 14 in the 50-59 (395 total); five in the 60-69 (254 total); three in the 70-79 (156 total); and one in the 80-89 (70 total). Total in 90-and-over: 36.

Meanwhile, one patient was hospitalized on Sunday, unchanged from Friday. Total active cases in Porter County, after subtracting 2,118 total recoveries and 49 total deaths: 430, up from 348 on Friday.

A total of 119 COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday in Porter County long-term care facilities, unchanged from Friday. Of those 119, 31 have died, 88 have recovered, and none is currently hospitalized. As of today, there were no active cases in the county’s long-term care facilities, unchanged from Friday.

No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday or Sunday. As of Sunday, 49 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 316 cases (304 on Friday). Seventy active cases.

-- Liberty: 159 cases (156 on Friday). Thirty-three active cases.

-- Jackson: 51 cases (50 on Friday). Eight active cases.

-- Pine: 12 cases (unchanged from Friday). One active case.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 894 cases (860 on Friday). 148 active cases.

-- Center: 692 cases (672 on Friday). Ninety-nine active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 104 cases (103 on Friday). Nine active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 146 cases (141 on Friday). Thirty active cases.



Posted 10/12/2020






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