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Virus is back in Porter County long term care facilities

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The Porter County Health Department was reporting this morning 14 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (18 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 1,621, up from 1,607 on Tuesday.

Of those 14 new cases, only 7--or 50 percent--were diagnosed among the younger demographics: one in the 0-19 (216 total); one in the 20-29 (328 total); and five in the 30-39 (238 total). Total in the 40-49: 257.

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 20 days--since Thursday, Aug. 6--that proportion has dropped precipitously. Of the 371 new cases reported in that period, only 227 were diagnosed in persons under 50: or 61 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.

Two new cases, moreover, were reported today in Porter County’s long-term care facilities, to bring the total to date to 104, up from 102 on Tuesday. Two of those patients are hospitalized, up from one on Tuesday. Seventy-two of those patients have recovered and 27 have died, unchanged from Tuesday. Over the last six days, the Health Department has reported a total of three new cases in long-term facilities. Prior to Friday, Aug. 21, there had been no new COVID-19 cases reported in a long-term care facility since June 30.

Hospitalizations have also nearly doubled overnight, with a total of seven today, up from four on Tuesday; while 1,400 have recovered, unchanged from Tuesday. Total active cases in Porter County: 178, up from 164 on Tuesday.

To date, 216 cases have been diagnosed in children or teens, or 13.3 percent of all cases (13.3 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.

The Health Department reported no additional deaths today. To date 43 Porter County residents have succumbed to COVID-19.

Duneland cases by township:

-- Westchester: 162 cases (160 on Tuesday). Twenty-four active cases.

-- Liberty: 84 cases (unchanged from Tuesday). Eleven active cases.

-- Jackson: 22 cases (21 on Tuesday). Three active cases.

-- Pine: 10 cases (unchanged from Tuesday). One active case.

Other Townships:

-- Portage: 590 cases (589 on Tuesday). Fifty-eight active cases.

-- Center: 451 cases (447 on Tuesday). Forty-four active cases. Total includes Valparaiso University.

State reports 971 new cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 971 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (841 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 89,359, up from 88,421 on Tuesday.

ISDH was also reporting 18 additional COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours (16 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 3,271, up from 3,253 on Tuesday.

Marion County has reported the most cases of any county in the state, 17,833 (17,678 on Tuesday); and the most deaths, 745 (745). Lake County has reported 8,799 cases (8,744) and 293 deaths (292), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 1,127 cases and 31 deaths (1,122 and 31).

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 218 presumptive deaths was reported today, unchanged from Tuesday.


Posted 8/26/2020




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