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NWI COVID-19 cases continue steady rise; no new local deaths reported
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NWI COVID-19 cases continue steady rise; no new local deaths reported

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Virus testing at Great Lakes Labs

Rick Volk prepares transport tubes at Great Lakes Labs in Valparaiso. The tubes are used for gathering samples to be tested.

The Region reported no new fatalities on Sunday as case totals across its counties slowly continued rising, according to new statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments.

Lake County reported 45 new coronavirus cases for a total of 4,741. Porter County added nine more cases for a total of 694. LaPorte County had nine additional cases for a total of 521.

Jasper County reported four more cases for a total of 106. Newton County added two more for a total of 93.

Indiana added 362 new positive cases, bringing its total to 44,930. New cases were reported between Friday and Saturday. All data were provisional and subject to change as more information is reported to the state.

ISDH reported three additional fatalities, bringing the state's death total to 2,427. New deaths were reported between Tuesday and Saturday.

The state listed another 192 deaths as probable, meaning there was no positive test on record but a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause, based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms. One of the deaths in Porter County's total was probable, county officials said.

Lake County reports 239 deaths, Porter has 37, LaPorte 25, Newton 10 and Jasper two.

In Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties, totals of 239, 37, 25, 10 and two people, respectively, have died from the respiratory disease.

The Porter County Health Department lists two patients currently hospitalized and 559 people recovered.

Lake County community totals were not available Sunday as the health department updates its data tracking on its website.

The Gary Health Department reported Friday a total of 779 positive cases and 56 deaths.

The East Chicago Health Department reported Thursday 464 cases and 14 deaths.

The Porter County Health Department reported the following community totals Sunday: Portage Township, 279; Center Township, 196; Washington Township, 53; Westchester Township, 51; Liberty Township, 27; Union Township, 30; Boone Township, 16; Porter Township, 12; Morgan Township, 11; Pleasant Township, 10; Pine Township, seven; and Jackson Township, two.

Total deaths included: Portage Township, 17; Center Township, 13; Westchester Township, four; Liberty Township, one; and Union Township, one.

The Westville Correctional Facility has 191 inmates and 110 staff that have tested positive for COVID-19. Totals of 177 inmates and 98 staff have recovered, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

A total of 470,535 people in Indiana have been tested for coronavirus, with a 9.5% positive rate.

ISDH reports 37,967 tested in Lake County, 9,232 in Porter County, 7,171 in LaPorte County, 2,381 in Jasper County and 666 in Newton County.

New tests were reported between March 24 and Saturday.

Any Hoosier seeking COVID-19 testing may obtain it through one of the state-sponsored OptumServe sites, regardless of whether they are at high risk or have symptoms.

The Gary Health Department continues to offer COVID-19 testing at the health center, 1145 W. Fifth Avenue, by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No upfront payment is necessary, but guests are encouraged to bring any proof of insurance to the testing site. Doctors' orders are not required.

To find testing locations around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. More than 200 locations are available around the state, including sites in Valparaiso and Michigan City.

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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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