4 die from COVID-19 in Northwest Indiana over past week | Health Care

A three-week streak of no COVID-19 deaths in Northwest Indiana has come to an end.

The Indiana Department of Health said four Lake County residents died because of the coronavirus over the past week, accounting for nearly one-seventh of the 29 COVID-19 deaths statewide.

There still have been no COVID-19 deaths this month in Porter or LaPorte counties, data show.

COVID-19 case counts also appear to be ticking down.

The seven-day average of 109 COVID-19 cases last week in Lake County fell from 131 cases two weeks ago. Porter County averaged 43 cases from 45, and LaPorte County tallied an average of 27 daily cases down from 35, according to the state health agency.

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Statewide, an average of 1,944 cases were diagnosed daily over the past week. That’s also less than the 2,121 average daily cases during the prior seven-day period.

The current spread of COVID-19 in Lake and Porter counties is classified as “Medium” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. LaPorte County is rated “Low” based on COVID-19 hospitalization and case count data.

The federal agency recommends individuals living in medium-rated counties who are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 to speak with a health-care provider about the need to wear a mask or take other precautions.

The CDC also is urging every eligible American to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, as well as to get tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms of the virus.

Separately, Indiana’s monkeypox case count grew by 24 last week to a total of 102 since the first monkeypox case was diagnosed June 18 in the Hoosier State.

More information about COVID-19 and monkeypox in Indiana is available online at in.gov/health.

Gallery: COVID-19 vaccine administered at PNW’s College of Nursing

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Eva Parrish, left, of Gary, looks up as her sister, Elizabeth Vasquez, a graduate nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, finishes administering a COVID-19 vaccine shot on Wednesday at the Hammond campus. 



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Andralia Hardrick, left, a junior at Purdue University Northwest, briefly winces as she receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from graduate nursing student Elizabeth Vasquez on Wednesday at the Hammond campus.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Julie Wiejak, left, senior executive assistant to the chancellor for strategic initiatives at Purdue University Northwest, guides sophomore McKenna Bluhm to her COVID-19 vaccine appointment on Wednesday.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Christhyl Abad, nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, sits in the 15-minute holding zone in a nursing lab on Wednesday after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine. 



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Christhyl Abad, a junior and nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, recieves her COVID-19 vaccine shot from graduate nursing student Douglas Mukorombindo on Wednesday.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shot and bandage are ready to be administered Wednesday at Purdue Northwest’s Hammond campus.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Noelle Long, left, a sophomore at Purdue University Northwest, receives her COVID-19 vaccine shot from Lashaunda Hill, RN and clinical placement coordinator at PNW’s nursing school, on Wednesday.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Christhyl Abad, a junior nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, readies for her COVID-19 vaccine shot from graduate nursing student Douglas Mukorombindo on Wednesday.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Samantha Sommer, right, a graduate nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, administers COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday at a clinic hosted at the nursing school at the Hammond campus.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Eva Parrish, left, of Gary, receives her first COVID-19 vaccine shot from her sister, Elizabeth Vasquez, a graduate nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, on Wednesday at the Hammond campus. Family members of PNW students and faculty were invited to receive inoculations from nursing students at the school.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Charrin Allen, audio and visual technician at Purdue University Northwest, volunteers Wednesday and helps schedule PNW students for COVID-19 vaccine appointments in the lobby of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Jamie Kozel, undergraduate instructor at Purdue University Northwest’s nursing school, gives a sticker to sophomore Logan Kosteroski on Wednesday at the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building in Hammond.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

A stack of Centers for Disease Control & Prevention vaccination record cards wait for use on Wednesday at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Myriam Changoluisa, a graduate student at Purdue University Northwest, sits in a waiting area for 15 minutes following her COVID-19 vaccine shot on Wednesday at the Hammond campus.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Purdue University Northwest students spend time in the 15-minute waiting zone in one of the nursing school’s labs on Wednesday at the Hammond campus. 



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Jason Jeffress, left, audio and visual technician at Purdue University Northwest, volunteers Wednesday and helps schedule PNW students for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Tim Winders, vice chancellor for information services, helps schedule a vaccine appointment for nursing student Christhyl Abad on Wednesday at the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building in Hammond.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Elizabeth Vasquez, right, graduate nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, applies a bandage to the arm of her brother-in-law, Matt Parrish, on Wednesday after administering a COVID-19 vaccine shot. The nursing school hosted a clinic to administer initial inoculations for students, faculty and family members.



PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

PNW nursing school hosts vaccine clinic

Eva Parrish, left, of Gary, receives her first COVID-19 vaccine shot from her sister, Elizabeth Vasquez, a graduate nursing student at Purdue University Northwest, on Wednesday at the Hammond campus. Family members of PNW students and faculty were invited to receive inoculations from nursing students at the school.