The Porter County
Health Department (PCHD) reported another death from COVID-19 on Thursday.
The victim was a
Portage Township resident in the 60 to 69 demographic, not residing in a
long-term care facility. Thursday’s death is the first one reported by PCHD
in three weeks, since Sept. 23.
To date, 50 Porter
County residents have succumbed to COVID-19. Eleven of them have been
Dunelanders: nine of them Westchester Township residents; two of them
Liberty Township residents. Twenty Portage Township residents have died; 18
Center Township residents; and one Union Township resident.
demographic: six in the 50-59; seven in the 60-69; 12 in the 70-79; 12 in
the 80-89; and 13 in the 90-and-above.
a 48-hour delay in updating its dashboard earlier this week--reported 117
combined new cases over the last 72 hours, Wednesday through today (30 new
cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 2,782, up from 2,665 on
Tuesday. PCHD reported 24 new cases on Wednesday; 42 on Thursday; and 51
Today’s 51 new
cases represent a new 24-hour record, breaking the previous record of 50 set
on Oct. 9, exactly one week ago.
Of those 117 new
cases reported over the last 72 hours, 74--or 63 percent--were diagnosed in
the younger demographics: 16 in the 0-19 (403 total); 16 in the 20-29 (523
); 28 in the 30-39 (453 total); and 14 in the 40-49 (417 total).
As of Thursday, 403
cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 14.5 percent of all cases
(14.5 percent on Tuesday). On July 7, only 39 children or teens had been
diagnosed of the 765 total cases at the time: or 5.1 percent. However, since
the initial surge in July and August of new cases in children and
teens--driven mostly by a spike in cases among children 10 and under--new
cases in the 0-19 demographic appear to have largely plateaued.
Of the 117 new
cases reported over the last 72 hours, 43--or 37 percent--were diagnosed in
the older demographics (40 percent on Tuesday): 23 in the 50-59 (422 total);
14 in the 60-69 (278 total); two in 70-79 (161 total); three in the 80-89
(74 total); and one in the 90-and-over (38 total).
patients were hospitalized today, up from one on Tuesday. Total active cases
in Porter County, after subtracting 2,277 total recoveries and 50 total
deaths: 455, up from 338 on Tuesday.
A total of 120
COVID-19 cases were reported today in Porter County long-term care
facilities, up from 119 on Tuesday. Of those 120, 31 have died, 88 have
recovered, and none is currently hospitalized. As of today, there was one
active case in the county’s long-term care facilities, up from none on
introduced other indicators on its COVID-19 dashboard: a seven-day rolling
average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and a seven-day rolling average
-- New cases per
100,000 residents as of Thursday: 157 (154 on Tuesday): the single highest
per-100,000 average since the pandemic began.
-- Positivity rate
as of Oct. 8: 11.1 percent (11.2 percent on Oct. 7): the highest seven-day
rolling average since PCHD began tracking it on June 1. Note: the positivity
rate lags up to eight days due to Indiana State Department of Health
On Wednesday, the
Indiana State Department of Health downgraded Porter County’s overall weekly
score from 1.0 to 1.5 (Yellow) with a seven-day all-tests positivity rate of
7.5 percent (Yellow), and a 156 weekly cases per 100,000 residents of 156
Duneland Cases by
-- Westchester: 335
cases (320 on Tuesday). Fifty-one active cases.
-- Liberty: 168
cases (164 on Tuesday). Twenty-four active cases.
-- Jackson: 53
cases (51 on Tuesday). Six active cases.
-- Pine: 12 cases
(unchanged from Tuesday). No active cases.
-- Portage: 951
cases (913 on Tuesday). 156 active cases.
-- Center: 741
cases (717 on Tuesday). 118 active cases. Center Township’s total includes
Valparaiso University students.
-- Washington: 115
cases (107 on Tuesday). Seventeen active cases. Washington Township’s total
includes Porter County Jail inmates.
-- Union: 157 cases
(149 on Tuesday). Thirty-one active cases.