Twelve confirmed cases; visitor restrictions in effect at Putnam County Hospital

(Greencastle, Ind.) Putnam County officials provided a daily COVID-19 update to the publictoday, which includes an increase in confirmed cases.

Currently, there are 12 confirmed cases in Putnam County. The Indiana State Department of Health reported 11 cases at 10 a.m.; however, the Putnam County Health Department confirmed the 12th case following the state’s update.

Putnam County Hospital also has created a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed from 8 a.m. to 9p.m., seven days a week. Citizens can call the hotline at 765-301-7019 to speak to ahealthcare provider to address questions or concerns about the virus. At the end of this release is updated guidance from the hospital for citizens regarding testing.

Additional updates include:

No visitor policy at Putnam County Hospital in place:Putnam County Hospital enacteda no visitors policy today to protect patients and the hospital community from COVID-19. To learn more, visit www.pchosp.org.

With warmer weather on the horizon, citizens are encouraged to follow social and physical distancing when outdoors. Attached is a graphic from the National Recreationand Park Associationoutlining ways citizens can protect themselves and others.

Governor Holcomb announced the #INthistogether campaign to encourage Hoosiers to stay at home and flatten the curve. Citizens can join the campaign by visiting www.inthistogethercampaign.com.

Below is guidance from the Putnam County Hospital regarding COVID-19 symptoms and testing:

If you think you have COVID-19, based on CDC guidelines, and your symptoms are mild, quarantine at home following the CDC’s recommended instructions at www.cdc.gov.

If you meet one of the 7 high risk criteria listed below, you should seek early care and further testing even if you have mild symptoms.

Due to high demand, testing supplies and personnel resources are limited. Per the CDC/ISDH guidelines these resources are to be directed to the highest risk patients. As of April 1, 2020, those to be given priority for testing are:

      1. Patients who require hospitalization due to complications of their acute respiratory illness and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.