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Porter County sets a new weekly record for C19 cases

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning another one-week record of new COVID-19 cases: 140 for the week ending Saturday, Aug. 15, two more than the previous record of 138 set during the week ending Saturday, Aug. 8.

The Health Department was also reporting 53 new COVID-19 cases over the last 72 hours (23 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 1,479, up from 1,426 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 21 new cases on Saturday; 13 on Sunday; and 19 today.

Of those 53 new cases, only 19--or 53 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: 10 in the 0-19 (183 total); four in the 20-29 (290 total); and in the 30-39 (213 total).The 40-49 total: 239.

To date, 183 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 12.4 percent of all cases (12.1 percent on Friday).

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 11 days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 229 new cases reported in that period, only 122 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 53 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, although there has been no accompanying increase in hospitalizations or deaths.

Two patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, unchanged from Friday; and 1,130 have recovered, also unchanged from Friday. Total active cases in Porter County right now: 308, up from 255 on Friday.

No additional deaths were reported today. To date, 41 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

So far, 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 Friday. 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: 146 cases (137 on Friday). Twenty-two active cases.

  Liberty: 72 cases (unchanged from Friday). Four active cases.

  Jackson: 19 cases (16 on Friday). Four active cases.

  Pine: nine cases, none of them active.

Other Townships

  Portage: 544 cases (522 on Friday).

  Center: 416 cases (403 on Friday).

  Washington: 74 cases (73 on Friday).

  Union: 77 cases (75 on Friday).


Posted 8/17/2020




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