Third COVID-19 death confirmed in Putnam County

Sunday, April 12, 2020

A third Putnam County resident died of COVID-19 on Saturday.

The Putnam County Health Department confirmed the death Sunday. No further information about the individual will be released due to privacy laws.

Local officials also confirmed there are 33 cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County.

The Health Department is continuing to investigate all confirmed cases of COVID-19 and notifying individuals who have been in direct contact with the patient.

Those who do not get a call were most likely not a direct contact during the infectious period, according to the Indiana State Dept. of Health guidelines.

Additional updates include:

• Mental health resources are available for county residents, including for those in situations involving domestic abuse.

Putnam County Hospital’s team is sharing resources to help the community navigate these challenging times. Visit to learn more.

• 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

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

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    Banner Graphic, why not report on every single death in Putnam County?

    If you are going to give daily updates on COVID-19 deaths, why not every other death?

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 8:15 AM
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    Oh my.... Just when I think your replies can't be any worse you out do yourself.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 8:25 AM
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    RSOTS - I realize from some of your prior posts that some things are difficult for you to understand, never mind accept.

    But I will try to make this easy for you to understand:

    Population of Putnam County (2019) is 375,576.

    The number of COVID-19 cases (per the daily update provided by BG) is 33. That is an infection rate of .009%. That is approximately 9 people out of 100,000.

    The number of COVID-19 deaths in Putnam County is 3 (again per the daily update).

    Three people have died from COVID-19, out of 375,000+. And while we don't know the medical histories of these three it is (based strictly on statistics) very likely that these three had underlying medical conditions and/or were elderly.

    It is also possible that these three were put on ventilators (original therapeutic regimen) where it has been noted that if you are put on a ventilator that you have an 80% of succumbing to COVID-19. (I have not done enough research to fully speculate whether this is correlation or some type of causation, but it is certainly a factor to be considered.)

    So how many people have died from cancer? Heart disease? Diabetes? Violence?

    Why does the BG run a daily infection count and body count for COVID-19 but not for anything else?

    What purpose does it serve?

    They refuse to report even basic useful information (such as general geographic areas of infection), but have no problem presenting the spectre of corona virus as an ever-present bogey-man ready to snatch away unwary victims with their daily updates.

    During the Vietnam War the news frequently ran body counts.

    During the Bush nation-building fiascoes in Iraq & Afghanistan the news frequently ran daily body counts.

    Perhaps they see it as something newsworthy... that's fine. It's their newspaper.

    Perhaps it has something to do with sales/profits...the old "if it bleeds, it leads" mantra so notoriously found in the media in general.

    Perhaps it is a matter of social conditioning...for whatever reason.

    Perhaps it is as simple as politics...

    I just think it odd that we don't get the same information for all of the other deaths in Putnam County.

    If you haven't noticed by now... I like to ask questions. It's the mark of a free mind.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 2:16 PM
  • Questions can be a mark of a free mind but it isn't an absolute.

    I have seen many questions that come from captured or narrow minds.

    Questions can be phrased and asked in a way to set up or shame a person into a particular answer or away from a particular answer.

    Often polls/ surveys are set up to provide the answer that the individual/ party wants.

    I have seen questions used often as tools.

    Also missing in a platform like this is the inflection/ body language, etc behind the question.

    -- Posted by beg on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 2:32 PM
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    I was unaware that Heart Disease was contagious. I was unaware that there was a stay at home order in place due to Diabetes. I was unaware that we are practicing Social Distancing due to Cancer.

    The BG is reporting on the relevant news that has gripped our nation and state and the world for that matter. I'm at a loss to how you would fault the paper for reporting these things. Of course it could just be the desire to be controversial that motivates you. Not that anybody would get that impression based off your constant mini novels that you post.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 2:39 PM
  • DP, your population figure is way off. Delete one of your 5’s.

    -- Posted by Koios on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 3:06 PM
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    According to the United States Census Bureau (or at least, that which Google appears to be in bed with, which I found here:, the population for 2019 was actually 37,576. DP might've mistaken a single digit but his approach was sound. Let's roll with it, shall we?

    Still sticking with the COVID-19 case count of 33, that transforms DP's original infection rate to 0.1% (and that's rounded upwards!). Given that, it's safe to say that this isn't a Spanish Flu and DP still brings to light a valid point revolving around the daily notoriety our minuscule percentile is receiving, especially when compared against registered deaths from prior years (see for more on that). Also, keep in mind the following point of major importance:

    Remember how the calculation of COVID-19 mortality comes to fruition. Anyone found to be asymptomatic during postmortems can have COVID-19 listed as their cause of death on their death certificate. To be clear, "asymptomatic" means you carried the virus but showed no signs of having it nor experienced any symptoms. The importance of this fact can't be overstated because once you realize how this can be twisted and manipulated, you see how it can result in a conflation of counts, especially by unqualified and or lazy medical staff performing half-*** postmortems (looking at you, "small town hospitals"). As an example, let's say you died of a heart attack but were later found to be asymptomatic during your postmortem... Guess what goes on your death certificate?

    This applies to anyone who falls not just to heart disease, but also to lung disease, diabetes, and or any other form of (directly or indirectly-related) conditions that relate to the symptoms found to correlate to COVID-19, such as obesity (see, which is directly from the CDC itself).

    I'd reiterate the political leverage these ramifications can have, between usurping deplorables or sneaking key legislative line-items through the radars, or how individual and or business interests capitalize from our current market maelstrom, but we all know where that leads in these parts of town... I mean, we all know that Oswald acted alone and Epstein killed himself, right?

    Oh, and sorry for the lack of pictures, RSOTS.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 9:37 PM
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    You know I can't read all of that DQ. Pictures please?

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 10:37 PM
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    Apparently I did add another digit. My bad.

    While it does change the math a bit (hat-tip to DQ for correcting my math and generally covering my six), it doesnt change the intent of my original post.

    This is a viral outbreak. They happen.

    Again, why do we need a daily update?

    Especially ones with little/no information.

    If the cases are mostly in Cloverdale and Greencastle (only as an example) - then why scare some little old lady in Bainbridge who just wants to go to Dollar General to buy some milk and bread but is now terrified...regardless of the fact that the odds of her actually contracting the virus is very miniscule.

    The little old lady is probably going to die from something heart problems (statistically speaking)...likely brought on by panic over corona virus.

    To which they will probably list her as another victim of COVID-19.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Apr 13, 2020, at 11:15 PM
  • Dreadpirateroberts, you're a little off on your population count of Putnam County. You added an extra number, there's only 37,576, not 375,576. Might wanna check yourself.

    -- Posted by momof2ingreencastle on Tue, Apr 14, 2020, at 9:51 AM
  • DPR, if that's the worst thing you do all day, you're doing great! 'Beginning to appreciate your insights.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Tue, Apr 14, 2020, at 9:22 PM
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