A hospital spokesman has confirmed Franciscan Health in Crown Point has four in-patient COVID-19 cases.

The first case was reported last week, the spokesman said, and all of the cases have been reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.

No other information about the Crown Point hospital patients were immediately available.

Porter County health officials also reported two more cases on Wednesday. Both patients are self-isolating at home in good condition and being monitored twice a day by county health staff.

One new case at Franciscan Health Michigan City was confirmed Tuesday, said Robert Blaszkiewicz, Franciscan Health spokesman. He said it is unknown if this case has been included in the health department's data yet.

Meanwhile, the number of positive coronavirus tests in the Region and Indiana continues to rise, as more testing is conducted through hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private labs.

Two new cases of the virus were reported in Lake County on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

However, state testing data does not appear to include some Lake County cases confirmed locally Tuesday night by Blaszkiewicz.

Two new positive coronavirus cases were reported at Franciscan Health Hammond Tuesday, Blaszkiewicz said. In addition, Franciscan Health Munster and Franciscan Health Dyer each had one positive coronavirus case reported Tuesday afternoon, he said Tuesday.

Pending confirmation from state health officials, those positive cases could cause Lake County's numbers to grow even further.

Nearly 3,400 tests have been conducted statewide, according to ISDH. That's up from 2,931 people tested Tuesday and 1,960 the day before.

Porter County is up to three total cases, according to ISDH figures. LaPorte County has two cases.

Neighboring St. Joseph has 19 confirmed cases. Five were reported in Elkhart County.
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