An additional five COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday in Northwest Indiana, including four in Lake County and one in Porter County.

In addition, Lake and Porter counties reported 42 and 30 additional confirmed coronavirus cases, respectively, according to the Indiana State Department of Health and Porter County Health Department. The increase in Porter County was the largest increase in a 24-hour reporting period to date.

The additional deaths bring totals to 166 in Lake County, 21 in Porter County, 20 in LaPorte County, 10 in Newton County and one in Jasper County, data showed.

An additional 27 deaths were reporting statewide Friday, bringing the total number of Hoosiers who have died after being diagnosed with the virus to 1,791.

An additional 150 deaths were listed as probable, which means 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 reported by Porter County officials was probable.

The additional deaths reported Friday occurred between May 6 and 21, state officials said.


An additional 493 positive cases were reported Friday, bringing the total statewide to 30,409.

Lake County reported an additional 42 cases, bringing its total to 3,128.

The Gary Health Department on Friday reported an additional eight positive cases in a 24-hour reporting period, bringing the city's total to 612. Gary also has recorded 16 COVID-19 deaths.

The East Chicago Health Department on Friday reported no new cases or deaths, which remain at 264 and 10, respectively.

The Lake County Health Department reported Friday the following number of positive cases: Hammond, 540, up seven from a day before; Crown Point, 330, up four; Merrillville, 273, up four; Dyer, 212, up three; Hobart, 201, up three; Schererville, 136, up one; Munster, 121, up one; Highland, 84, up two; Griffith, 74, no change; Whiting, 64, up seven; "unknown," 57, no change; St. John, 53, up one; Cedar Lake, 48, no change; Lowell, 45, up two; Lake Station, 42, up two; Schneider, three, no change; New Chicago, one, no change.

Total deaths included: Crown Point, 30, up two from a day earlier; Dyer, 17, up one; Hammond, 16, no change; Munster, 12, no change; Hobart, 11, no change; Merrillville, 10, no change; Schererville and Lowell, four each, no change; Cedar Lake, Highland, Griffith, Lake Station and Whiting, two each, no change; St. John, one, no change.

Porter County reported 30 additional cases, bringing the total to 467.

Positive cases included Portage Township, 185; Center, 124, up 27 from a day before; Washington Township, 47; Westchester Township, 33; Liberty Township, 21; Union Township, 19; Boone Township, 14; Porter Township, seven; Morgan and Pleasant Township, six each; Pine Township, three; Jackson Township, two. Most of the cases in Washington Township involved inmates at the Porter County Jail.

Total deaths included Portage Township, 10; Center Township, six; Westchester Township, four; Liberty Township, one.

LaPorte County reported an additional three positive cases, bringing the total to 376.

The deaths of six inmates at Westville Correctional Facility were included in the county's total of 20 deaths. The prison also accounted for 177 positive cases among inmates and 101 positive cases among staff, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

Newton County reported no new cases, with a total of 72.

Jasper County reported an additional two cases, for a total of 50.

Additional cases reported Friday occurred between May 4 and 21, state officials said.

A total of 208,561 coronavirus tests have been administered statewide.
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