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2 new deaths from COVID-19 reported in NWI
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2 new deaths from COVID-19 reported in NWI

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Jarod Sheetz, a medic with the U.S. National Guard, fills out patient information in October at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Lake County Health Department in Crown Point.

The Porter County Health Department hosted a two-day vaccine clinic starting Sunday at the Porter County Expo Center in Washington Township. The clinic is expected to inoculate up to 2,800 people with their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Two more people were reported dead from COVID-19 across Northwest Indiana's five-county area, updated data showed.

Both deaths were reported in Lake County, according to statistics provided Tuesday by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Porter County Health Department.

Local deaths were included among 13 new COVID-19 deaths reported statewide. A total of 12,883 Hoosiers have died from the respiratory disease to date.

New deaths were reported between Friday and Monday. All data was provisional and subject to change as more data is reported to the state.

In all, 1,521 people in Northwest Indiana have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 952 in Lake County, 283 in Porter County, 205 in LaPorte County, 47 in Jasper County and 34 in Newton County.

A total of 86,480 Northwest Indiana residents have tested positive, following corrections to the previous day's totals.

County totals included 52,471 in Lake County, up 85; 17,988 in Porter County, up 43; 11,411 in LaPorte County, up 31; 3,561 in Jasper County, up five; and 1,049 in Newton County, unchanged.

There were 867 new cases across Indiana, pushing the state's count to 716,306. New cases were reported between Oct. 15, 2020 and Monday.

Across the state line, Calumet City reported 3,685 cases, up nine from the previous day. Lansing reported 3,328 cases, up 10, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Seven-day positivity rates in Northwest Indiana counties included 6.4% in Lake County, down from 6.7% the day before; 7.4% in Porter County, down from 7.5%; 9.8% in LaPorte County, down from 10.2%; 7.5% in Newton County, up from 7.3%; and 6% in Jasper County, down from 7.3%.

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%.

To date, 1,765,242 Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 1,739,982 the previous day, according to state health officials.

There are COVID-19 testing sites available around the state, including at the Gary Health Department, 1145 W. Fifth Ave., and at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. For more locations, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

Appointments were available at a mass vaccination clinic in Gary with the capacity to administer 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day. The clinic will be open until June 2 at 730 W. 25th Ave., the site of the former Roosevelt High School. Both the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines will be available beginning Wednesday at the Roosevelt site.

Hoosiers 16 and older can make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments to receive the free COVID-19 immunization shot must be made online at ourshot.in.gov, or by calling 211.

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.

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