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Porter County reports another C19 death single day new case record set

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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.

Deaths by 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.

Wednesday Through Today

Meanwhile, PCHD--after 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.

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).

Meanwhile, two 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 Tuesday.

Other Indicators

PCHD recently 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 positivity rate.

-- 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 reporting methods.

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 (Orange).

Duneland Cases by Township:

-- 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.

Other Townships:

-- 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.


Posted 10/16/2020




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