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Eleven more people in Northwest Indiana were reported dead from COVID-19 over the past week, according to updated statistics from the Indiana Department of Health. 

Eight deaths were recorded in Lake County, and one death was recorded in Porter, Newton and Jasper counties.

A total of 13,797 Hoosiers have died from the respiratory disease since the start of the pandemic, including 1,044 in Lake County; 329 in Porter County; 227 in LaPorte County; 58 in Jasper County; and 40 in Newton County, according to ISDH data updated Friday. 

Statewide, 4,120 new positive cases were reported Thursday, bringing the state's total number of those to test positive to 817,149. The statewide 7-day positivity rate for all tests stood at 10.6%.

All data was provisional and subject to change as more data is reported to the state.

Across the state line, Calumet City reported 4,213 cases, and Lansing reported 3,667 cases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Seven-day positivity rates in Northwest Indiana were 8.6% in Lake County; 8.3% in Porter County; 7.2% in LaPorte County; 6.3% in Newton County; and 9.6% in Jasper County.

Currently, Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties are rated "yellow" on the state's COVID-19 advisory map, which is updated every Wednesday, meaning there's moderate spread of COVID-19 as measured by weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the testing positivity rate.

Altogether, 17 of Indiana's 92 counties are yellow, while 60 are "orange" for approaching high spread, and 15 counties are in the highest-possible "red" category.

No counties are in the best possible "blue" rating.

A total of 51.8% of Indiana's total population ages 12 and up has been fully vaccinated, state data updated Friday showed.

State data updated Friday showed county vaccination rates for those ages 12 and up in the Region were 49.8% in Lake County; 56.5% in Porter County; 51.4% in LaPorte County; 36.2% in Newton County; and 40.8% in Jasper County.

Vaccination appointments can be scheduled at any of 55 hospitals and 91 local health departments across the state, with each site setting its own hours and days of service. All 92 Indiana counties have at least one vaccination site.

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