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New C19 cases in Porter County: 16

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 16 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (18 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 1,222, up from 1,206 on Monday.

Of those 16 new cases, 14--or 88 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: three in the 0-19 (143 total); seven in the 20-29 (250 total), two in the 30-39 (185 total); and two in 40-49 (202 total).

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 143 children or teens in Porter County, or 11.7 percent of all cases (11.6 percent of all cases on Monday). 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, four patients are currently hospitalized, up from three on Monday; while 1,010 have recovered, up from 931 on Monday. The Health Department announced last week that it will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now In Porter County: 171, down from 234 on Monday.

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 increased hospitalizations or by any significant spike in additional 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 Monday). Twenty-four active cases.

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

-- Jackson: 15 cases (unchanged from Monday). Nine active cases.

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

Other Townships:

-- Portage: 444 cases (436 on Monday).

-- Center: 351 cases (344 on Monday).

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

-- Union: 62 cases (61 on Monday).

State reports 836 new cases; deaths top 3,000

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 836 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (579 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 69,255, up from 68,433 on Monday.

ISDH was also reporting 16 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (five additional deaths on Monday), to bring the total to date to 3,002, up from 2,986 on Monday.

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

Marion County has the most reported cases, 15,029 (14,863); and the most deaths, 724 (719). Lake County has reported 7,139 cases (7,101) and 273 deaths (271), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 843 cases and 29 deaths (838 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, up from 200 on Monday.

Posted 8/4/2020







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