(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials announced today that there are currently 84confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. The Putnam County Health Department reported that as of May 7, 52 people have recovered from the virus.

Additional updates include:

National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. Nurses and teachers have been on the frontlines supporting our communities during this pandemic. Please recognize or thank the nurses and teachers in your life during their national appreciation weeks.

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.