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Region reports 136 new coronavirus cases; 1 more death

Region reports 136 new coronavirus cases; 1 more death

Virus Outbreak Indiana

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

For the third day in a row, another COVID-19 death has been reported in Lake County, according to state health data. 

Lake County alone had 83 new cases added to the county's tally of positive coronavirus cases, while Porter County saw 22 more, and LaPorte added 25 new cases. Jasper and Newton counties each reported three more COVID-19 cases. 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 13 new deaths statewide on Friday, bringing Indiana's total to 2,992 deaths. Statewide, 1,050 new cases were reported, bringing the state total to 84,317. 

Northwest Indiana's latest death totals included 289 in Lake County, 41 in Porter County, 30 in LaPorte County, 10 in Newton County and two in Jasper County.

New deaths were reported between Aug. 8 and Thursday. 

ISDH listed another 216 deaths as probable, up four from the day before. A probable death means there was no positive test on record but a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause.

Lake County now has a total of 8,438 positive cases. Porter County has 1,537, and LaPorte County has 1,067 cases.

Jasper has a reported total of 286 cases, and Newton County has 126, according to state data. 

The Porter County Health Department listed five patients hospitalized and 1,288 people recovered.

The East Chicago Health Department reported Thursday 857 cases and 14 deaths.

The Gary Health Department reported 1,293 positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up 39 from the city's reporting over the weekend. Gary also reported one additional death, for a total of 74. 

The Porter County Health Department's latest township-specific data is available at

The Indiana Department of Correction continues to track positive tests of inmates and staffs at the Westville Correctional Facility. More information on COVID-19 tracking in Indiana's prisons can be found at

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

Walgreens is offering testing at the company’s old East Chicago location at 720 W. Chicago Ave.

ISDH also will host drive-thru testing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at Lafayette Elementary School, 856 E. Sibley St., in Hammond.

To find testing locations around the state, visit and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. 

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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