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Another 3 lost to COVID-19 in NWI, updated data show

Another 3 lost to COVID-19 in NWI, updated data show

Virus Outbreak Indiana

Christopher Ikemire prepares to test a person at the Eastern Star Church on April 30 in Indianapolis. 

Another three people were reported dead from COVID-19 across Northwest Indiana's five-county area, according to updated statistics provided Thursday by health officials.

Local deaths included two in Lake County and one in Newton County, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Porter County Health Department.

Another 16 more deaths were reported statewide, pushing the total number of Hoosiers to die from the disease to 12,710.

New deaths were reported between April 18, 2020, and Wednesday. All data are provisional and subject to change as more information is reported to the state.

A total of 1,480 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northwest Indiana's five counties to date.

County totals include 926 in Lake County, 270 in Porter County, 204 in LaPorte County, 46 in Jasper County and 34 in Newton County.

State health officials listed 404 deaths statewide as probable, down one from the previous day.

The total number of people across Northwest Indiana reported infected with COVID-19 increased to 82,692, following corrections to the previous day's totals by ISDH.

County totals included 50,569 in Lake County, up 95; 17,184 in Porter County, up 60; 10,522 in LaPorte County, up 48; 3,397 in Jasper County, up 11; and 1,020 in Newton County, up three, following corrections.

Across Indiana there were 1,397 new cases, pushing the state's total to 694,836. New cases were reported between May 29, 2020 and Wednesday.

Across the state line, Calumet City had 3,444 cases, up 11 from the day before, and 39,195 tested. Lansing had 3,164 cases, up six, and 31,509 tested, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Positivity rates for all tests in NWI were at 6.3% in Lake County, up from 5.9% the day before; 8.1% in Porter County, up from 7.4%; 10.6% in LaPorte County, up from 10.1%; 7.1% in Newton County, up from 6.3%; and 10% in Jasper County, up from 9.5%.

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%.

ISDH has updated its vaccine dashboard to reflect the number of Hoosiers who have received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

To date, 1,321,876 Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 1,291,190 the previous day, according to state health officials.

A total of 102,923 people have received the single-dose J&J vaccine. The number of people to receive the second of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine was 1,218,953.

ISDH also reported that 1,873,481 Hoosiers have received their first of two required doses, up from 1,827,696 .

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 and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

Appointments are now 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.

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, 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.

COVID-19: Hoosiers We've Lost

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