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Two additional virus deaths in Porter County

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning two additional deaths from COVID-19 in the county.

Both victims were Westchester Township residents, both were in the 70-79 demographic, and both resided in long-term care facilities. The Health Department reported the first death on Saturday and the second today.

To date, 45 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19. Ten have been Dunelanders: eight, Westchester Township residents; two, Liberty Township residents. Eighteen Portage Township residents have died; 16 Center Township residents; and one Union Township resident. Twenty-nine of the 45--or 64 percent--were residents of long-term care facilities.

Deaths by demographic: six in the 50-59; four in the 60-69; 11 in the 70-79; 12 in the 80-89; and 12 in the 90-and-over.

The Health Department was also reporting this morning 58 new COVID-19 cases over the last four days (24 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 1,859, up from 1,801 on Friday.

The Health Department reported 27 new cases on Saturday; 15 on Sunday; nine on Monday; and seven today.

Of those 58 new cases, 39--or 67 percent--have been diagnosed among the younger demographics: 10 in the 9-19 (267 total); 15 in the 20-29 (372 total); seven in the 30-39 (279 total); and seven in the 40-49 (287 total).

To date, 267 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 14.4 percent of all cases (14.3 percent on Friday). Of those, according to the Health Department, 49 cases have been diagnosed in children 10 and under; 65 in children 11-16; and 142 in youths 17-19.

Eight patients are currently hospitalized, up from seven on Friday. Total active cases in Porter County: 251, up from 195 on Friday.

Meanwhile, 113 cases have been reported to date in long-term care facilities in Porter County, up from 110 on Friday. Of those 29 have died, one is currently hospitalized, and 74 have recovered.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 201 cases (192 cases on Friday). Thirty-nine active cases.

-- Liberty: 99 cases (95 cases on Friday). Fifteen active cases.

-- Jackson: 28 cases (25 cases on Friday). Seven active cases.

-- Pine: 11 cases (unchanged from Friday). One active case.

Other townships:

-- Portage: 651 cases (634 on Friday). Sixty-two active cases.

-- Center: 521 cases (508 on Friday). Seventy-two active cases. Center Township’s total includes Valparaiso University students.

-- Washington: 89 cases (84 on Friday). Eleven active cases. Washington Township’s total includes Porter County Jail inmates.

-- Union: 100 cases (99 on Friday). Eighteen active cases.

Indiana tops 100,000 C-19 cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 2,896 new cases of COVID-19 over the last four days (1,044 new cases on Friday), to bring the total so far to 100,780, up from 97,884 on Friday.

ISDH reported 1,085 new cases on Saturday; 851 on Sunday; 566 on Monday; and 394 today.

ISDH was also reporting 32 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last four days (18 additional deaths on Friday), to bring the total to date to 3,393, up from 3,361 on Friday.

Marion County was reporting today 19,307 cases (18,956 on Friday) and 750 deaths (750), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 9,567 cases (9,346) and 299 deaths (298), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 1,250 cases (1,212) and 37 deaths (35).

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 224 presumptive deaths was reported today, up from 223 on Thursday.




Posted 9/8/2020




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