Daily COVID-19 update from Putnam County

678 cases

(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials announced today that there have been 678 confirmed  cases of COVID-19 in the county since March.  Putnam County is currently at a 2.4%  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

On Wednesday, Governor Holcomb announced that the statewide mask mandate would be extended until Saturday, November 14, 2020.  

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. 

Immediate Needs Support. Do you, or someone you know, need help or support and don’t know where to turn? Do you feel isolated and don’t know who to contact to ask questions? The Putnam County 360 Coalition has developed a network of resources to help. Members of the 360 Coalition will help you or direct you to appropriate resources as best as we can to provide the support that you need. REMEMBER: If this is an emergency, please call 911 for assistance.  Please complete the Help Request Form at: https://bit.ly/2KKL6va or call 765-653-4820, option 5.

Open Enrollment for Medicare began on October 15 and ends on December 7th. Putnam County Hospital is hosting a SHIP (Medicare) Counselor for two days, October 22 and November 23th from 10-3.  The event is free and will be held in 3rd Floor Classroom #1. SHIP Counselors are trained to assist Medicare recipients find the right plans for their healthcare needs. They are usually volunteers and are not representing any insurance company. Please call 765-301-7626 to make an appointment.  

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Drug Take Back Day event scheduled for Saturday Oct. 24 from 9 am to 12 pm at Greencastle High School.

What else can I do right now to help prevent the spread of influenza and the flu?

  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent you from spreading your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
    • It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing Hand washing resources from the It’s a SNAP program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands; from the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when people touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wear a mask. Masks can reduce the transmission of all respiratory illnesses, including the flu.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

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