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Just four new C19 cases today in Porter County

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning four new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (16 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 1,226, up from 1,222.

Of those new cases, all four were diagnosed among the younger demographics: one in the 0-19 (144 total); two in the 20-29 (252 total), and one in the 30-39 (186 total). Total 40-49 so far: 202.

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 144 children or teens in Porter County, or 11.7 percent of all cases (11.7 percent of all cases on Tuesday). When the Chesterton Tribune first began tracking COVID-19 cases in the younger demographics, on June 30, the 0-19 group accounted for 37 of the 715 total cases at the time, or 5.2 percent.

Meanwhile, three patients are currently hospitalized, down from four on Tuesday; while 1,010 have recovered, unchanged from Tuesday. The Health Department announced last week that it will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now in Porter County: 175, up from 171 on Tuesday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19. As the Chesterton Tribune has been reporting, the surge in COVID-19 cases over the last five weeks has not been accompanied by any significant increase in hospitalizations or deaths.

To date, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, 27 have died, no one is currently hospitalized, and 74 have recovered, all unchanged from Monday. The Health Department has not reported a new COVID-19 case in a long-term facility here since June 30.

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: 107 cases (unchanged from Tuesday). Twenty-four active cases.

-- Liberty: 63 cases (unchanged from Tuesday). Twelve active cases.

-- Jackson: 15 cases (unchanged from Tuesday). Six active cases.

-- Pine: nine cases (unchanged from Monday). One active case.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 446 cases (444 on Tuesday).

-- Center: 353 cases (351 on Tuesday).

-- Washington: 69 cases (unchanged from Tuesday).

-- Union: 62 cases (unchanged from Tuesday).

State reports 12 more deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 740 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (836 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 69,975, up from 69,255 on Tuesday.

ISDH was also reporting 12 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (16 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 3,014, up from 3,002 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, ISDH is no longer reporting total cases and total deaths in nursing homes.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 15,152 (15,029); and the most deaths, 724 (724). Lake County has reported 7,222 cases (7,139) and 273 deaths (273), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 850 cases and 29 deaths (843 and 29).

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 202 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Tuesday.


Posted 8/5/2020




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