(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials announced today that there are currently 172confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Additional updates:

  • Greencastle Youth Baseball is excited to announce that we have partnered with Cascade Youth League to provide our local youth with a fall baseball season. While 2020 has been a very challenging year for youth sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic our league also had significant storm damage to our facility in April making it very difficult for us to plan any type of season in advance. At the time of this letter being written the city has not sent the project out for bid. With all of that being said we are very excited to offer this partnership with Cascade Youth League. This will be an internal league and not part of West Central Youth Baseball. Age groups offered will be 6U, 8U, 10U, and 12U We will play double headers on Sunday’s beginning August 30th at Brian Church Memorial Sports Complex in Amo. The season will conclude with a tournament the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. We do understand that many of our athletes will play football. Given this is traditionally football season it is our stance that football will be the priority over baseball practices should there be a conflict. Below is more detail regarding the league. *For this fall season your child will play in the division that he or she would have played this spring. Fall baseball is typically designed for players to play in the division that they will be in the following spring. Since there was no spring season we are allowing players to play in the division that they would have played in this spring. *The registration cost for this league will be $40. However, if you do not hat from the spring season you will be required to purchase a hat prior to the first game for $10 as we will be using the hats that we planned to use this spring. Should the season be canceled due to the government shutting us down all registration fees will be refunded other than the leagues cost for the jerseys. Players will be provided with a jersey regardless of if the season is canceled or not
  • Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. is still accepting new patients. They are completing new patient intake assessments in person and virtually through telehealth, please call 888-714-1927 to reserve a new patient intake assessment. They are here to support you, your children and your family with any mental health or addiction needs. We have multiple addiction groups running virtually at this time
  • Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Indiana’s statewide community resource referral agency, Indiana 211, is now part of the Indiana Family and Social Services
  • Administration. The change, which was part of Gov. Holcomb’s 2020 Next Level agenda and unanimously approved by the Indiana General Assembly during its 2020 session, will make it easier for Hoosiers to navigate the significant amount of state and community services available to support their overall health and well-being. Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with assistance and answers from thousands of health and human service resources – quickly, easily and confidentially. Indiana 211 and FSSA will be able to more efficiently aid Hoosiers in need by providing a one-stop shop for community and state services. When they dial 2-1-1, Hoosiers are connected to an experienced, responsive and compassionate team of community navigators who are skilled at identifying needs and providing referrals that best meet those needs.
  • Bring a mask from home when out in public and wear it. Practice social distancing, too. Contact Putnam County’s Masked Mommas if you need a mask. Our dedicated community volunteers have made and distributed thousands of masks. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Putnam-County-Mask-Mommas-Sew-Serve-100134314992282/ for a mask.

It is imperative individuals take action to avoid COVID-19 to prevent its spread. A number of preventive steps include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Throw the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear face coverings in public when performing essential duties.
  • We are all in this together.

Putnam County is providing regular updates on COVID-19 to citizens as part of its effort to complement the daily updates from the Indiana State Dept. of Health. The updates can be accessed via www.coronavirus.in.gov.

To learn more about Putnam County’s coordinated response to COVID-19, please visit the Putnam County Hospital at www.pchosp.org/covid-19-updates or the Putnam County Health Department at www.putnamhealthindiana.org.