Putnam County has second confirmed COVID-19 case

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Wednesday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Putnam County.

No further information had been released regarding the case, as of 10:45 a.m.

Even when information is released, state and local health authorities are taking steps to protect the privacy of individual patients.

In total, the ISDH reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 diagnosed through ISDH, the CDC and private laboratories.

The total stood at 477 Hoosiers who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus as of the end of the day on Tuesday.

A total of 3,356 tests have been reported to the state. The number of tests is provisional and reflects only those reported to ISDH. Numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.

Marion County had 67 new cases, bringing its total to 226 positive cases. Hamilton County is second with 30 cases.

In adjacent counties, Hendricks County has had a total of 15 positive cases, with five in Morgan, four in Owen and one in Montgomery.

Clay and Parke counties have thus far had no positive tests.

Across the state, a total of 14 people have died in the pandemic, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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  • It sounds like the virus is not considered contagious by simply breathing the air next to somebody who coughed or sneezed. Social distancing is to avoid cough or sneeze spray, which they say travels at most 3-4 ft. ( if uncovered) from getting on your body, then ending up in mouth or nose from your hands. There is a coronavirus study published that several other news articles are citing, here is quote from one of the authors: "Based on what we know about other respiratory viruses, we don't think that SARS-CoV-2 gets aerosolized in everyday settings," Morris said. "Rather, aerosolization, if it happens at all for SARS-CoV-2, is likely to happen in health care settings," Dylan Morris. The aerosolization occurs mainly from medical procedures. Just thought I'd share.

    -- Posted by Raker on Wed, Mar 25, 2020, at 8:34 PM
  • Thank you Raker for sharing

    -- Posted by Nit on Thu, Mar 26, 2020, at 1:02 PM
  • You should also share Raker in that study (which has not been peer reviewed) that the authors state that they did not examine how far Sars-CoV-2 could conceivably travel through the air. To imply that it is OK to disregard the 6' foot social distancing rule suggested by top doctors and scientists is irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

    -- Posted by Rockypenguin on Thu, Mar 26, 2020, at 4:16 PM
  • Rocky penguin, no I was only pointing out that while some people might think that the virus is contagious like measles, where it is highly contagious by inhaling virus suspended in air, this study says aerosolized virus of this kind and weight does not generally occur from typical coughing/sneezing at a level to necessarily cause infection. Rather, the infection is mainly spread by coughing/sneezing larger particles that only travel 3-4 ft, which is why they recommend 6ft social distance to give plenty of room, ok?

    -- Posted by Raker on Thu, Mar 26, 2020, at 6:24 PM
  • Rocky penguin, peer review only means that other professionals in the same field have looked over all the details and found nothing objectionable. It doesn't sound like there is anything groundbreaking in this study. Also, there were eight researchers named as working on this study, four are PhDs, that's probably more review than some peer-reviewed studies get.

    But risk of exposure by inhaling aerosolized infection sounds much more possible in a hospital room or other similar sized room, where a patient is staying and is coughing alot, etc.

    -- Posted by Raker on Fri, Mar 27, 2020, at 9:04 AM
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