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COVID-19 Surge Continues

(Indianapolis, IN) - The surge in COVID-19 locally and different areas of the state is continuing.  The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on Monday reported 34 new cases in La Porte County, which brings the total during the Pandemic at 1,687 cases .


According to ISDH officials, the percentage of people testing positive In La Porte County the past seven days has increased to 7.8%.  That's an increase from a seven day positivity rate on Friday of 6.2% and 5.6% positivity rate on Thursday.  Recently, the seven day positivity rate had dipped below 3.0% and was at 2.7% on September 21st. 


In surrounding counties, both Porter and St. Joseph reported near a 5.0% seven day positivity rate on Monday.


COVID-19 hospitalization are also up in La Porte County.  There was a 26% increase in hospitalizations from August (19 total) to September (24 total through 9/29).  In September, 20 of the 24 hospitalizations occurred in the last half of the month (9/15 - 9/29).


COVID-19 deaths are also on the rise.  The coronavirus claimed four La Porte County lives in August.  That has increased to nine La Porte County deaths in September.  There has been one death so far in October.


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