Thirty confirmed cases; PCHD is continuing to investigate all positive cases and notify direct contacts

(Greencastle, Ind.) The Putnam County Health Department announced today the second deathof a Putnam County resident from COVID-19. The individual was over the age of 60 and died on April 8, 2020.

No further information about the individual will be released due to privacy laws. Currently, there are 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Putnam County. Additional updates include:

The Putnam County Health Department 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.

Virtual religious services are available in Putnam County. During this important week for many in the faith-based community, a number of Putnam County religious organizations are offering virtual religious services. Here’s a link of how you can participate: https://www.pchosp.org/virtual-religious-services/

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.

Mental health resources are available for county residents. Putnam County Hospital’s team is sharing resources to help the community navigate these challenging times. Visit www.pchosp.orgto learn more.

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 ISDH. The ISDH updates occur at 10 a.m. and can be accessed via www.coronavirus.in.gov. Accordingto the ISDH, thenumber of tests is provisionaland reflects only those reported to ISDH. Numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.

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.