What do I need to know today?
- Putnam Prompt Care is open for all your needs this holiday weekend. If you are experiencing non-COVIDhttps://pchosp.org/prompt-care/ -19 symptoms, and need medical care, please visit Prompt Care. Visit for hours and services.
- The Putnam County 4-H Fair will be a live, in-person fair, with attendance focused on 4-H families and volunteers. Fair leadership will follow CDC guidance, Indiana’s Back on Track plan and Purdue University’s guidelines for fairs. While the fair will look different this year, it will be primarily focused on achieving the opportunity to provide 4-Her’s with an exhibition activity. Any 4-H member with concerns of coming to the fair will have the option to submit projects virtually in 2020. Visit them on Facebook to learn more.
- The Putnam County 4-H Fair Parade is postponed to 2021.
- Free testing is available from May 21-23 in Clay County. The Indiana State Dept. of Health will host free drive-thru testing at Forest Park in Brazil from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. You do not need an appointment, but please bring a photo ID.
- Call the Putnam County Hospital’s COVID-19 hotline at (765) 301-7019 if you think you have symptoms. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., seven days a week. Hospital staff can direct you to the nearest testing site, to keep potential COVID-19 patients from spreading the virus in health care offices.
- OptumServe is offering FREE COVID-19 tests in Putnam County. OptumServe is testing high-risk Hoosiers showing symptoms of COVID-19 or in direct contact with someone who has the virus. Visit https://pchosp.org/testing-site-opens-may-13/ to learn who should be tested. Registration is required at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or (888) 634-1116. Testing is available Monday through Friday through June 5. Please note that with the increase in testing, it’s possible that the number of cases in the county will increase.
- Since the OptumServe testing site opened on May 13, 230 people have been tested for the virus.
- You may hear from the State’s contractor for contact tracing if you have come into contact with an individual who tests positive at the OptumServe test site. Expanded contact tracing is critical to stopping the spread of the virus in our community. Please be alert for emails or text messages that come from a different area code. Don’t ignore these messages!
- Bring a mask from home when out in public and wear it. Practice social distancing, too.
- Contact Putnam County’s Masked Mommas if you need a mask. Our dedicated community volunteers have made and distributed thousands of masks. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Putnam-County-Mask-Mommas-Sew-Serve-100134314992282/ for a mask.
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.
- Wear face coverings in public when performing essential duties.
- 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.