(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials announced today there are currently 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Putnam County. That number is anticipated to rise, as some private labs were closed for Easter and are being confirmed today.
The Putnam County Health Dept. is continuing to investigate all confirmed cases of COVID-19 and notifying individuals who have been in direct contact with the patient. If you do not get a call, then you are most likely not a direct contact during the infectious period, according to the Indiana State Dept. of Health guidelines.
Additional updates include:
County officials thank faith-based organizations for following local, state and federal guidelines. “We recognize that during a week that carries great significance for our faithbased communities, they were called upon to stay apart during a time when they traditionally come together,” said Dr. Robert Heavin “We are grateful for their willingness to follow the guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, and appreciate their commitment to the common good.”
Mental health resources are available for county residents, including for those in situations involving domestic abuse. Putnam County Hospital’s team is sharing resources to help the community navigate these challenging times. Visit www.pchosp.org to learn more.
Tips for running essential errands. Essential errands, like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions are still a necessity while we stay-at-home. The CDC has some helpful tips on ways to stay safe – including washing your hands after unpacking groceries – to protect yourself from COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-lifecoping/essential-goods-services.html
Stay at home if you can, and practice social distancing. With state and federal leaders forecasting a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, please continue to stay at home when possible and practice social distancing. To learn more, visit https://coronavirus.in.gov.
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 occur at 10 a.m. and can be accessed via www.coronavirus.in.gov. Accordingto the ISDH, thenumber oftests is provisional and reflects only those reported to ISDH. Numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.