Second COVID-19 death reported in Putnam County

Thursday, April 9, 2020

PCHD continues to investigate all positive cases and notify direct contacts

The Putnam County Health Department on Thursday confirmed the second death of a Putnam County resident from COVID-19.

The individual was over the age of 60 and died on Wednesday, April 8. No further information about the individual will be released due to privacy laws.

County authorities also announced there have been 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of three since Wednesday.

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.

Anyone who does not receive a call is likely not a direct contact during the infectious period, according to Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines.

The process also includes checking in with patients who are self-isolating to make sure they are staying home.

Additional updates include:

• 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. To learn more, click here.

• 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

• 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 to learn more.

• Putnam County Hospital thanks the community for its overwhelming support.

“In recent days, our team at the hospital has been the recipient of community support that is both uplifting and sustaining,” said CEO Dennis Weatherford. “From small businesses who are donating their time and services to individual citizens who are sending cards, we are so grateful for these generous deeds.”

• Some Putnam County offices are open for essential business on Thursday.

The following offices are open for essential business on Thursday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Assessor’s Office, Plat Office, Auditor’s Office, Recorder’s Office and Treasurer’s Office. The courthouse will be closed on April 10 for Good Friday.

The Putnam County Courthouse remains open, but only citizens who are performing essential business, such as court-related matters, are allowed past the first floor. The prosecutor and courts are staffed in some capacity throughout the day. The Clerk’s Office is open every day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment only. While some offices may or may not have a “physical” presence, a representative is continuing to serve the public.

• City of Greencastle offices are closed on April 10 for Good Friday.

Local officials are also encouraging preventive steps, including:

• 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 afterward.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• 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 According to the ISDH, the number of tests it lists is provisional and 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, visit the Putnam County Hospital at or the Putnam County Health Department at

ISDH: 42 new deaths statewide

The ISDH morning report added 42 victims to the death toll statewide, bringing the statewide total to 245.

Likewise, 430 new positive cases were reported, bringing the total to 6,351 Hoosiers who have tested positive to the novel coronavirus.

The state also reported that the number of tests administered to Hoosiers is now up to 32,133.

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    Hydroxychloroquine, or just chloroquine, and zinc at first sign of symptoms. Look it up.

    Stay off the respirators - they are doing more damage than good.

    Its an oxygen saturation problem...supplemental oxygen may help some. SARS-CoV-2 disrupts hemoglobin processes.

    Your red blood cells can't carry oxygen and your organs start shutting down.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Apr 9, 2020, at 4:42 PM
  • You can also “look up” that it’s caused by 5G towers. The hemoglobin connection is an intriguing hypothesis, for sure. But that is all it is at the moment. Unless you can point me to a reputable peer reviewed study that I have yet to see. If so I’ll gladly stand corrected.

    -- Posted by Koios on Thu, Apr 9, 2020, at 6:44 PM
  • Gee DPR, aren't we lucky to have an "expert" like you right here in little ol' Putnam County.

    -- Posted by unbiased on Thu, Apr 9, 2020, at 11:32 PM
  • A pair of Ohio bicycle mechanics invented the airplane. It would be really neat if the cure for this virus thing came from a reader of the Banner Graphic just doing some research on the internet! Deadpirateroberts rocks!

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Thu, Apr 9, 2020, at 11:59 PM
  • erjvh,

    I know a lot of people that are involved in the installation and maintenance of the 5G world. Not a single one of them have had an issue. Microwaves, X-Rays, and many other forms of radio waves have been around for years and at many different strengths. Now, all of the sudden, they are responsible for a virus? Not a permanent, disfiguring disease to all, but to only those over 60 with underlying health issues?! Please, tell me more on your conspiracy theory, while I watch all of these airplanes dropping chemicals as they fly...(eye roll)

    -- Posted by Hmmmmm on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 8:17 AM
  • Hmmm, you clearly missed the sarcasm in the first line of my comment.

    -- Posted by Koios on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 9:16 AM
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    If you focus on the contextual image of what erjvh posted, you can interpret his or her remark as if he or she were trying to emphasize their interpretation of the absurdity they saw in DP's idea. In other words, I think erjvh may have been trying to label DP as either an idiot or a conspiracy theorist, which is a typical reaction to something a majority of idiots on here tend to have when confronted with ideas they can't rationalize. I could be wrong, however.

    To me, any idea is worth entertaining as ideas which we find hard to buy into can often be better understood when slowing down long enough to think it all through. 5G is no exception. Depending on specifics, DP's idea does bring into light whether it has the capability to disrupt any involved electrical signals at an atomic level found in blood cells the same way that many argue it being capable of doing to the electrical signals inherent in bees' sensory navigation. But that aside, if self-driving cars ever perfect their autonomy, it will absolutely foster the usurping of our "privilege" to operate and, by extension, own individual transportation modes (the corresponding initiatives being pitched under the guise of our own safety, of course). Additionally, increases in a surveilled state go without saying because only an idiot would think that these "improvements" are for increasing the download speeds people enjoy when consuming porn.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 9:17 AM
  • I need to make a "bigger" tin foil hat! Ex AT&T Splicer here.

    -- Posted by 1armyvet on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 12:31 PM
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    1armyvet, be careful because those are fightin' words around these parts. Jokes aside, what's so "tinfoil" about what I posted? Let's hear (read) your reasoning because I consider it an opportunity for opposition prep.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 1:23 PM
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    The whole point of my post was to give people alternative ideas to research and learn about in re: COVID-19 b/c the public is not being told the truth via the media and government.

    For instance, HCQ/CQ has been widely proven in real life trials to show a tremendous amount of success, especially when given at an early onset. (Before physiology makes it harder to fight COVID-19.) However even now the CDC and gov't lackeys are slow to use and promote it.

    Zinc is known to reduce viral replication. Vitamin C is known to help zinc penetrates cells (which otherwise has a hard time penetrating).

    Another alternative theory is making your body PH levels alkaline as viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment.

    I already know that there are many who post on here (ERJVH being one of the prime ones) that will nay-say just about anything I post...for whatever reason. (Perhaps they are bothered that I am often right, or that I am not a sheep.)

    I don't mind. Sheep will be sheep. It's in their nature. And I am not bothered by the small-mindedness of those who are afraid to look beyond the safety of their own little walls.It isn't for them that I post.

    I post for the people who arent afraid to open their eyes and their minds to the possibility things are not always as they are told.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 5:23 PM
  • I was just asking for reliable peer reviewed studies, no need to get all bent out of shape. But I see you didn’t supply those.

    -- Posted by Koios on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 5:49 PM
  • I believe the reference to the quinine and zinc reference is coming from Dr. Nepute.

    -- Posted by on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 7:17 PM
  • When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro.

    -- Posted by Tiger82 on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 7:45 PM
  • We are now citing YouTube as a credible peer reviewed source? Please tell me this didn’t just happen.

    -- Posted by Koios on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 7:57 PM
  • Thanks Pirate and the baseball lady for the link! Grandma is desperate for more information besides what we are getting off the TV.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Fri, Apr 10, 2020, at 9:03 PM
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    Depending on specifics, YouTube videos can be just as educationally-valuable as a peer-reviewed article can (if not more so considering the number of times a respective video can be viewed and commented on from said website, which is accessed more per-second everyday of every year by the entirety of humanity than a single paper ever could in an entire lifetime. However, a peer-reviewed article can still be riddled with flaws (if not more so due to the fewer chances of said flaws being exposed from the fewer number of people reviewing it who all vary in credentials but never fail to tow in their treks their respective human biases in everything they do).

    Case in point, the curious situation of Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay, 2 academics who successfully published fake research papers after using standard peer-review processes with credentialed faculty members (see for more on their escapades)...

    So really, this puts into question our expectations of peer-review, educational credentials, and the entire education system in general. A source should be a source, peer-reviewed or otherwise. Peer-review is definitely more likely to result in better educational substance, sure, but it's not an educational silver bullet and should never be relied upon for an end-all be-all of truth.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Sat, Apr 11, 2020, at 9:19 PM
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    ERJVH - It is rare for me to post links anymore b/c it takes a lot of time backtracking information/articles.

    I would hope that if given enough search information that one would search on their own and come to their own conclusions.

    Sometimes you will have to dig deep.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 8:12 AM
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