Lake County Indiana Goes Code Red with Increases

     The State has implemented a color-coded system to inform Hoosiers about the COVID-19 Status in each county – Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue.  Lake County Became Code Red on November 18th.

     Once a Code is declared the county cannot be changed for two weeks and can only be changed if the county’s score meets the coded requirements.
     Scores are based on positivity rates, cases per 100,000; positivity rate increase or decrease, if increases are connected to a living settings or the community at large.
     High Risk Hoosiers and Individuals should adhere to all previous social distancing, quarantines, and face coverings requirements apply.

Code Red: Total of 25 individuals Present; SCORE: 3.0
Code Orange: Total of 50 Individuals Present; SCORE: 2.0 or 2.5
Code Yellow: Total of 100 Individuals Present; SCORE: 1.0 or 1.5
Code Blue: Total of 250 Individuals Present; SCORE: 0.5

CODE RED:
     School officials should review all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure best mitigation practices are followed.
     Bars, Taverns, Nightclubs, and Restaurants. Local officials should consider limiting hours of operations.
     Businesss: Reduce the number of employees allowed to congregate in common areas and break rooms with social distancing.
     Restaurants: Encouraged to promote online ordering with curbside pick-up.
     Sports: Attendance is limited to participants, support personnel and parents/guardians/siblings.All non participants required to wear face coverings.
     Recreational Sports, (same as above)
     Senior Care Centers: Cancelled

     It is recommended that social gatherings (indoors or Outdoors) be cancelled or postponed relative to the County’s Code. If a social gathering cannot be cancelled, the host must ensure social distancing requirements, face coverings, and other sanitation measures are implemented at the site. For any social gathering over the total number for that County, a safety plan must be submitted to the Local Health Department and receive APPROVAL from them BEFORE proceeding.
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Cases As Of November 19th, 2020
Here’s the new COVID-19 Data results for Lake County Indiana IN ORDER OF INCREASE. We stopped taking the time to calculate the results back in August. However, with the recent resurgence in cases, it seems we’re back with more concerns about COVID-19.

Some of the Lake County cities that were spared in the beginning are now surging and the cities that surged in the beginning are now slowing. It seems this virus has no borders or no submission. The last time we published these results was August 21, 2020, and now it’s November 18th, 2020, approximately 3 months later.

                         Aug 21:  Increase:         Nov. 19:    Increase:
Hammond:       2073 – Up 422 in a Mo.   4,189 – Up 2,116 in 3 mo.
Gary:                1437– Up 222 in a Mo.   3,101 – Up 1,573 in 3 mo.
Hobart:              597  – Up 113 in a Mo.   1808 Up 1,211 in 3 mo.
Schererville:      439   Up 115 in a Mo. 1,362 Up    923 in 3 mo.
Crown Point:   1117  – Up 320 in a Mo. 1,960  Up   843 in 3 mo.
Lowell:              130 – Up    81 in a Mo.     491 Up   361 in 3 mo.
St. John:           180 –  Up   68 in a Mo.     495 Up   315 in 3 mo.
Highland:           391 – Up   99 in a Mo.     664 Up   273 in 3 mo.
Munster:            440 –  Up 118 in a Mo.    691 Up     251 in 3 mo.
Dyer:                 538 –   Up 110 in a Mo.   752 Up    214 in 3 mo.
Griffith:              262 –  Up    53 in a Mo.   474 Up   212 in 3 mo.
Lake Station:    131 –  Up    40  in a Mo.   265 Up  134 in 3 mo.
Merrillville:         831 –  Up 186  in a Mo.   965 Up   134 in 3 mo.
Hebron:               75  – Up   10 in a Mo.    206 Up   131 in 3 mo
Demotte:            200 –  Up  43 in a Mo      307 Up  107 in 3 mo.
East Chicago:    903 –  Up 174 in a Mo.    821 –  Up   82 in 3 mo.
Whiting/Robertsdale:263–Up64 in a Mo    279 – Up    16 in 3 mo.
Cedar Lake:      175 –  Up 27 in a Mo.      185Up    10 in 3 mo.
Unknown:             78 –   Not available Not available.

(Please note: this is not the number of Current Cases, but the number of total cases since March 1st) Based Upon the State of Indiana Website source: hub.mph.in.gov

There are more links on this page regarding:
• Cloth Face Coverings (a CDC Link) –
• Lake County Testing 
• Directive to Stay Home
• Essential Businesses (a In.gov Link)
• Lake County Unemployment Benefits
• Lake County Childcare Assistance:
• Lake County Assistance Programs:
• Lake County Schools
• Useful Information for Families
• Lake County Community
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Sue Baxter