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Slight downtick in new county C19 cases last week; 56 cases over weekend

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For the week ending Saturday, Aug. 1, the Porter County Health Department reported a slight downtick in the seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases: 117, compared to the 121 reported for the previous week, ending Saturday, July 25.

Those 121 cases, however, were the most ever recorded in a week since the pandemic began, and last week's 117 cases still represent the second highest seven-day total and a week-over-week decrease of only 3.3 percent.

Meanwhile, the Health Department was reporting this morning 56 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 72 hours (five new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 1,206, up from 1,150 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 19 new cases on Saturday; 19 on Sunday; and 18 today.

Of those 56 new cases, 43--or 77 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: 14 in the 0-19 (140 total); 11 in the 20-29 (243 total), seven in the 30-39 (183 total); and 11 in 40-49 (200 total).

To date, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 140 children or teens in Porter County, or 11.6 percent of all cases (10.9 percent of all cases on Friday). 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 931 have recovered, both unchanged from Friday. The Health Department announced last week that it will be updating recoveries only once a week. Total active cases right now In Porter County: 234, up from 173 on Friday.

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 five weeks has not been accompanied by increased hospitalizations or by any significant spike in additional 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 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: 107 cases (103 on Friday). Thirty active cases.

-- Liberty: 63 cases (59 on Friday). Seventeen active cases.

-- Jackson: 15 cases (unchanged from Friday). Nine active cases.

-- Pine: nine cases (eight cases on Friday). Two active cases.

Other Townships

-- Portage: 436 cases (420 on Friday).

-- Center: 344 cases (323 on Friday).

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

-- Union: 61 cases (55 on Friday).

Statewide: 2,355 new cases over 72 hours

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,355 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 72 hours (912 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 68,433, up from 66,154 on Friday.

ISDH was also reporting 15 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 72 hours (19 additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 2,986, up from 2,971 on Friday.

Meanwhile, ISDH is no longer reporting total cases and total deaths in nursing homes.

Marion County has the most reported cases, 14,863 (14,432 on Friday); and the most deaths, 719 (718). Lake County has reported 7,101 cases (6,935) and 271 deaths (267), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 838 cases and 29 deaths (800 and 29).

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 200 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Friday.


Posted 8/3/2020




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