Daily COVID-19 update from Putnam County

737 cases

(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials announced today that there have been 737 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county since March.  Putnam County is currently at a 5.1% positivity rate. For a further breakdown of cases please visit www.coronavirus.in.gov.    The positive case number also may include positive cases at the state correctional facility located in Putnam County. To learn more, visit https://www.in.gov/idoc/3780.htm.

Putnam County Hospital continues to offer curbside COVID testing.  To schedule your appointment please go to https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov Testing hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm. If you have any further questions please call the COVID hotline at (765) 301-7019.  Putnam County Hospital asks that patients arrive no earlier than five minutes before their scheduled test to help with the flow of traffic.  When a patient arrives they will follow the COVID-19 testing signs.  These signs will direct them to the proper testing area.

Main Street Greencastle is sponsoring a drive by Halloween Trick or Treat at Big Walnut Sports Park from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 31.  Their safety plan has been approved by Board of Health.

The city is allowing neighborhood Trick or Treating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 31. Participating houses should turn their porch lights on.   If a resident does not want to participate, they should NOT turn their porch light on. Citizens have been advised to follow our usual protocols on masks and social distancing.

We would like to remind the community that many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.  The CDC has many recommendations on cautious ways to celebrate.

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives: