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New county virus cases total 28

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 28 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (24 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 1,278, up from 1,250 on Thursday.

Of those new cases, 11--or only 39 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: two in the 0-19 (152 total); one in the 20-29 (259 total), three in the 30-39 (192 total), and five in the 40-49 (210 total).

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 152 children or teens in Porter County, or 11.9 percent of all cases (12 percent of all cases on Thursday). 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, while 1,010 have recovered, unchanged from Thursday. The Health Department announced late in July that it will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now in Porter County: 227, up from 199 on Thursday.

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 six 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 Thursday. 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: 117 cases (109 on Thursday). Thirty-four active cases.

-- Liberty: 66 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Fifteen active cases.

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

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

Other Townships

-- Portage: 462 cases (454 on Thursday).

-- Center: 370 cases (362 on Thursday).

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

-- Union: 65 cases (63 on Thursday).



Posted 8/7/2020




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