UPDATE: Health officials reveal details about first Porter County COVID-19 death

UPDATE: Health officials reveal details about first Porter County COVID-19 death

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Three more people in the Region have lost their lives to coronavirus, including two in Lake County and the first in Porter County, according to numbers provided Saturday by the Indiana State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and private laboratories.

The first Porter County fatality was a Portage Township man who had preexisting medical conditions, Porter County Health Dept. Officer Dr. Maria Stamp said.

Lake County’s total positive cases increased by a hundred, now at 676. A total of 25 people have died from the respiratory disease in the county. Porter County has 102 cases, up from 92. LaPorte County had no new cases or deaths. The county remains with 31 cases and three fatalities, according to state and local health officials.

To the south, Jasper County has one additional positive case, bringing its total to 16. Newton county has two more positive cases, bringing its total to nine. Both counties have experienced one death.

To the east, St. Joseph County now has 186 cases, up from 165. One more death was logged in the county, bringing its total to three.

There are 7,435 total positive cases in Indiana, with 537 new cases reported. There have been 330 fatalities across the state reported as of Saturday. The Region has around 9% of those deaths. A total of 39,215 Hoosiers have been tested. The state’s data was up-to-date as of noon Friday.

Marion County remains the most-impacted county with 2,742 positive cases and 118 deaths. Lake County remains the second most-impacted. All but two Indiana counties, Benton and Pike, have logged positive cases and deaths from coronavirus.

Porter County is seeing a rise in cases that is consistent with the rest of Indiana. It is important for residents to maintain the stay-at-home order and practice social distancing while outside as Indiana works through its peak case timeframe, Dr. Stamp said.

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