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New C-19 cases in Porter County: 29

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 29 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (seven new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 1,403, up from 1,374 on Wednesday.

Of those 29 new cases, 18--or 62 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: six in the 0-19 (168 total); two in the 20-29 (280 total); four in the 30-39 (206 total); and six in the 40-49 (236 total).

According to the records of the Chesterton Tribune, between July 1 and Thursday, 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 seven days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 153 new cases reported in that period, only 87 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 57 percent. That fact would seem to indicate that the surge of new cases in the younger demographics in July has begun to spread into the older and more vulnerable population.

The Health Department was also reporting one new hospitalization today, to bring the total of those currently hospitalized to two, up from one on Wednesday. The number of recoveries reported today remained unchanged from Wednesday: 1,130.

Total active cases in Porter County right now: 232, up from 203 on Wednesday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

So far, 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 Tuesday. 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: 136 cases (128 on Wednesday). Thirty-one active cases.

-- Liberty: 72 cases (69 on Wednesday). Twelve active cases.

-- Jackson: 16 cases (unchanged from Wednesday). One active case.

-- Pine: nine cases, none of them active.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 512 cases (504 on Wednesday).

-- Center: 395 cases (388 on Wednesday).

-- Washington: 72 cases (unchanged from Wednesday).

-- Union: 74 cases (72 on Wednesday).


Posted 8/13/2020




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