The region registers 65 more COVID-19 deaths per week, data show | Health care
The region registers 65 more COVID-19 deaths per week, data show |  Health care

The region registers 65 more COVID-19 deaths per week, data show | Health care

A total of 65 more people died of COVID-19 in northwest Indiana over a period of one week, according to data from Indiana Department of Health.

Statistics updated Friday showed that there have been a total of 1,658 coronavirus deaths attributed to Lake County, 513 in Porter County, 339 in LaPorte County, 63 in Newton County and 130 in Jasper County.

Last Friday, Lake County reported 1,621 deaths, meaning another 37 people have died from the virus in the county in a seven-day period, statistics show. Over a period of one week, Porter County reported 14 new deaths, LaPorte County recorded 12 more and Jasper County reported two more deaths.

Allison Paul, interim CEO and Chief Nursing Officer of HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, talks about the situation for Illinois hospitals being overwhelmed by the recent COVID-19 increase. She said the nurses are exhausted. “Our nurses have experienced real trauma that they are trying to heal from, but we are preparing for another battle again,” she said.

In total, COVID-19 has killed a total of 21,298 Hoosiers since the start of the pandemic, indicating a further 404 deaths across the country within the last seven days, Friday data showed.

The state’s health records show that a total of 1,932 Hoosiers were admitted with COVID-19 from Friday, according to the Indiana Department of Health. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are used by coronavirus patients with only 15.3% of ICU beds in the state available.

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The color-coded ratings for Indiana’s 92 counties now have 88 counties in the worst possible red rating. The red rating indicates an uncontrolled spread of coronavirus, which is classified as 200 or more positive cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Lake County has shifted to the orange rating, indicating that there are 100 to 199 new cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants every week. Pulaski, LaGrange and Adam counties are the only other counties in the orange rating.

Across state borders, a total of 7,713 residents of Calumet City and 6,698 residents of Lansing have tested positive for the virus.

State health officials are urging Hoosiers from age 5 and up to reduce their chances of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death by being vaccinated against COVID-19 or by getting a COVID-19 booster shot for those who have been previously vaccinated , as quickly as possible.

The free COVID-19 vaccine is available, in most cases without an appointment, at 1,488 locations across the state, including retail pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals.

Records show that 56.3% of Hoosiers ages 5 and up, the state’s eligible population, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including 55.4% of eligible Lake County residents, 61% in Porter County, 55.9% in LaPorte County, 401% in Newton County and 46% in Jasper County.

So far, a total of 1,689,829 people have received a booster shot across the country.

A complete list of COVID-19 vaccine sites is available online at

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