4/5/2020 Covid 19 Press Release

Daily COVID-19 update from Putnam County – April 5, 2020 

There are currently 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County. 

What do I need to know today? Putnam County Hospital’s team is sharing mental health resources to help the community navigate these challenging times. Visit www.pchosp.org to learn more. 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has begun sharing the number of individuals who have been tested on its website. According to the ISDH, the number of tests is provisional and reflects only those reported to ISDH. Numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total. 

Additional updates include: 

  • Putnam County Hospital also has created a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Citizens can call the hotline at 765-301-7019 to speak to a healthcare provider to address questions or concerns about the virus. 
  • The Putnam County Hospital has provided updated information about what you should do if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and who is considered high-risk. Visit www.pchosp.org for this important information. 
  • Citizens should adhere to CDC guidelines and practice social distancing when picking up groceries, getting gas or picking up prescriptions. A distance of six feet is required by the CDC. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information. 

There are two websites you can visit for updated information: 

  • Putnam County Hospital at www.pchosp.org/covid-19-updates 
  • Putnam County Health Department at www.putnamhealthindiana.org 

What else can I do right now? 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. 
  • We are all in this together. 

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.