CHICAGO (CBS) — For the fourth time in the past week, Indiana is reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 daily cases. Until last week, the state had never cracked 1,000 cases in a day.

According to state health department data released Thursday, there were 1,046 new cases and 20 new deaths across the state.  In Lake County, there were 96 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday and two more deaths. Statewide, 3,105 Hoosiers have died of COVID; in Lake County it’s 283, or 9% of the state total. In terms of total cases, there are now 77,565 across the state and 7,840 in Lake County, or 10.1% of the total. Only Marion County has more cases and deaths.

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According to the New York Times database, Lake County Indiana has a higher daily per capita case rate (15 per 100,000) than  Cook County and all of the so-called Chicago collar counties.

The seven-day daily case average stands at 71 in Lake County, about three times the number in June.  Porter County is also seeing a rise in daily cases, currently at 22 on average.

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As children begin to return to school, the percentage of cases among people under age 20 continues to increase.  In Lake County it’s 10.4% and in Porter, it’s 12.4%.

Hospitalizations in Northwest Indiana also continue to rise slowly–from 83 COVID patients in late June to 167 currently.  About 38% of the area’s ICU beds (a total of 113) remain available.

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