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2 additional COVID-19 deaths reported in NWI
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2 additional COVID-19 deaths reported in NWI

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Indiana State Department of Health workers await the next patient during a COVID-19 testing clinic on April 16 at St. Timothy Community Church in Gary.

Two additional Lake County residents were reported dead from COVID-19, according to updated health statistics provided Saturday.

The deaths were among 19 more reported across Indiana. A total of 13,198 Hoosiers, including 1,597 in the Region, have lost their lives to the respiratory disease to date.

Newly reported deaths occurred between Feb. 27 and Friday.

Local county totals include 996 in Lake County, 295 in Porter County, 219 in LaPorte County, 52 in Jasper County and 35 in Newton County.

Positive case totals included 54,936 in Lake County, up 34 from the previous day; 12,280 in LaPorte County, up nine; 3,804 in Jasper County, up three; and 1,109 in Newton County, up one.

The Porter County Health Department last reported 18,972 cases Friday. The department hasn't reported updated weekend case totals since March and will not provide an update on Memorial Day.

Ride along with LaPorte Police Specialist Justin Dyer as he patrols the streets of LaPorte.

A total of 91,101 Hoosiers in Northwest Indiana have tested positive for the respiratory disease to date.

Across Indiana there were 448 new cases, increasing the state's overall total to 743,338. New cases were reported Friday.

All data was provisional and subject to change as more information is reported to the state.

Across the state line, Calumet City reported 3,927 cases, up four from the previous day. Lansing reported 3,477 cases, up two, following any corrections, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Seven-day positivity rates in Northwest Indiana included 6% in Lake County, down from 6.2% the day before; 6.2% in Porter County, down from 6.3%; 6% in LaPorte County, down from 6.3%; 10.2% in Newton County, up from 8.5%; and 7.8% in Jasper County, down from 8.1%.

Contact tracing can become difficult when the number exceeds 5%, and community spread is considered out of control when the positivity rate is greater than 10%.

Purdue University Northwest staff members Julie Wiejak and Jodi Allen detail the school's vaccine clinic hosted at the College of Nursing. Video by Kale Wilk.

A total of 43.1% of Indiana's total population has been fully vaccinated. To date, 2,507,121 Hoosiers 12 years old and up have been fully vaccinated.

Appointments and walk-ins are welcome at the former Roosevelt High School in Gary, which is offering both the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. The Gary clinic, which runs through Wednesday, is offering vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2401 Harrison St., Gary.

Walmart and Sam's Club now are offering walk-in coronavirus vaccine shots at all of its 124 pharmacies in Indiana. CVS also is accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccination appointments at its more than 300 Hoosier locations., including in most cities and towns in Northwest Indiana.

Appointments can be scheduled at any of 55 hospitals and 91 local health departments across the state, with each site setting its own hours and days of service. All 92 Indiana counties have at least one vaccination site.

The Indiana State Department of Health will not provide updated case totals on Memorial Day.

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Kale is a photojournalist and digital producer with the Times. He is a Region native, hailing from Schererville. He shoots photos, writes feature stories and produces Byline, a Times podcast. Email: kale.wilk@nwi.com Phone: 219-933-3393

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