Northwest Indiana COVID-19 cases continue to decline, data show | Health Care

The omicron wave of COVID-19 continues to loosen its grip on Northwest Indiana, but unvaccinated Region residents remain significantly more likely to contract the coronavirus and require hospitalization than their vaccinated neighbors.

Data released by the Indiana Department of Health show 185 cases of COVID-19 were tallied Tuesday in Lake County, 86 new COVID-19 cases in Porter County and 49 confirmed cases in LaPorte County.

In comparison, three weeks ago on Jan. 11 Lake County recorded 740 COVID-19 infections, there were 221 COVID-19 cases in Porter County that day and 171 in LaPorte County.

While some of the drop likely is attributable to Northwest Indiana residents opting for at-home COVID-19 testing – which is not included in the official state counts – the trend is similar statewide, where 6,878 COVID-19 cases were confirmed Tuesday versus 14,983 three weeks ago, a 54% decrease.

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At the same time, Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, and indeed all 92 Indiana counties, remain at the Indiana Department of Health’s highest-possible “red” classification because the reduced COVID-19 case count, while dramatic, still represents “high community spread “of the virus.

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To drop from red to “orange,” or even lower on state health agency ratings, an Indiana county must, for two consecutive weeks, tally fewer than 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and have a COVID-19 testing positivity rate less than 15%.

The ideal “blue” classification requires fewer than 10 weekly COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate less than 5%.

Data show Lake County this week stands at 304 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents with an 18.93% positivity rate, Porter County has 397 cases per 100,000 residents and 21.68% positivity and LaPorte County is at 599 cases per 100,000 residents with 23.45% positivity.

The still-high number of COVID-19 infections may perhaps best be seen in hospitalization data, which generally lags case count declines because it can take days, weeks or longer for individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 to fully recover.

On Tuesday, there were 2,705 Hoosiers hospitalized because of COVID-19, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

That’s down 23% from the all-time hospitalization peak of 3,506 set Jan. 19, but still 110% greater than the 1,290 Hoosiers that were hospitalized with COVID-19 three months ago.

Data show just 30 of the 206 intensive care unit beds at Northwest Indiana hospitals were available for new patients Tuesday.

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State and local health officials continue to recommend Hoosiers age 5 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, and get a booster shot when eligible, to minimize their risk of contracting, getting seriously ill or dying because of the virus.

The free vaccine is available at more than 1,400 retail pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals across the state – often without an appointment. A full list of vaccine sites is online at ourshot.in.gov.

All state-run COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites will be closed Thursday due to the severe winter weather battering Indiana.

According to the Indiana Department of Health, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 92.1% of Indiana’s more than 1.6 million total COVID-19 infections, 99.92% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 99.96% of the state’s more than 21,500 COVID-19 deaths since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the state on March 6, 2020.

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