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Porter County reports 16 new virus cases

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 16 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (29 new cases on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 1,666, up from 1,650 on Thursday.

Of those 16 new cases, nine--or just 56 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: three in the 0-19 (225 total); two in the 20-29 (331 total); and four in the 30-39 (249 total). Total 40-49: 260.

According to the records of the Chesterton Tribune, between July 1 and 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 22 days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 400 new cases reported in that period, only 244 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 63 percent. That fact would seem to indicate that the surge of new cases in the younger demographics in July is spreading into the older and more vulnerable population.

One new hospitalization was also reported today, to bring the total to eight, up from seven on Thursday. To date, 1,400 recoveries have been reported, unchanged from Thursday. Total active cases in Porter County: 223, up from 207 on Thursday.

To date, 108 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, two are currently hospitalized, 72 have recovered, and 27 have died, unchanged from Thursday. Between June 30 and Aug. 22, the Health Department reported no new COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, with total cases in that period remaining unchanged at 101. Over the last week, though, seven new cases have been diagnosed.

To date, 216 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 13.5 percent of all cases (13.5 percent on Thursday). On July 7, only 39 children or teens had been diagnosed of the 765 total cases at the time: or 5.1 percent.

The Health Department reported no additional deaths today. To date 43 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

-- 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: 171 cases (170 on Thursday). Thirty-three active cases.

-- Liberty: 84 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Eleven active cases.

-- Jackson: 22 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Four active cases.

-- Pine: 11 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Two active cases.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 601 cases (598 on Thursday). Sixty-seven active cases.

-- Center: 468 cases (460 on Thursday). Sixty-one active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 79 cases (unchanged from Thursday). Six active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 89 cases (87 on Thursday). Fourteen active cases.

872 new cases in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 872 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (1,164 on Thursday), to bring the total so far to 91,313, up from 90,504 on Thursday.

ISDH was also reporting 11 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (six additional deaths on Thursday), to bring the total to date to 3,288, up from 3,277 on Thursday.

Marion County has reported the most cases of any county in the state, 18,087 (17,976 on Thursday); and the most deaths, 746 (746). Lake County has reported 8,945 cases (8,872) and 294 deaths (293), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 1,154 cases and 31 deaths (1,140 and 31).

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 219 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Thursday.



Posted 8/28/2020





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