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
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
-- 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.
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
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.
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
COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday or Sunday. As of Sunday, 49 Porter
County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.
Duneland cases by
-- 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.
-- 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.