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No new COVID-19 deaths reported in Region as cases slowly rise

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A health care worker bags a sample May 4 during a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at East Chicago Central High School.

The Region reported no new COVID-19-related deaths Monday following an uptick over the weekend, data showed.

As of Monday, death totals stood at Lake County, 239; Porter County, 37; LaPorte County, 25; Newton County, 10; and Jasper County, two, the Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments reported.

On Saturday, Lake County recorded a single new death related to COVID-19 following three days of no additional reported coronavirus deaths across the Region.

Lake County reported Monday 40 new coronavirus cases for a total of 4,781. Porter County added 11 more cases for a total of 705. LaPorte and Jasper counties both had two additional cases, for totals of 522 and 107, respectively. Newton County saw no additional cases. Its total stood at 93.

Statewide, Indiana saw 312 new positive cases, bringing its total to 45,228. New cases were reported between June 17 and Sunday. All data were provisional and subject to change as more information is reported to the state.

Indiana had five more fatalities Monday, bringing the state's death total to 2,432. New deaths were reported between Wednesday and Friday.

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.

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

Lake County community totals were not available Monday as the health department was updating its data tracking on its website.

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

The East Chicago Health Department reported Friday 474 cases and 14 deaths.

The Porter County Health Department reported the following community totals Saturday: Portage Township, 283; Center Township, 199*; Washington Township, 55; Westchester Township, 51; Liberty Township, 27; Union Township, 31; Boone Township, 16; Morgan Township, 12; Porter Township, 12; Pleasant Township, 10; Pine Township, seven; and Jackson Township, two.

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

In LaPorte County, The Westville Correctional Facility had 191 inmates and 110 staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 Monday. Totals of 177 inmates and 98 staff had recovered, the Indiana Department of Correction reported.

A total of 476,519 people in Indiana have been tested for COVID-19 in Indiana, with a 9.6% positive rate – that's 6,127 new tests between May 7 and June 28, ISDH reported.

ISDH reported 38,281 tested in Lake County, 9,338 in Porter County, 7,249 in LaPorte County, 2,390 in Jasper County and 670 in Newton County.

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.

Testing will be available at Carrie Gosch Early Learning Center, 4001 Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, according to the Lake County Health Department.

The Gary Health Department continues to offer COVID-19 testing at the health center, 1145 W. Fifth Ave., 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.

ISDH will host additional drive-thru testing sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 223 Chicago Ave. in Goshen, and at 300 Lawrence St. in Elkart.

To find testing locations around the state, visit 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.

*Editor's Note: This story has been corrected.

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