Putnam up to 51 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Putnam County officials announced Saturday there have been 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

This is an increase of three cases since Friday’s update.

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 most likely not a direct contact during the infectious period, according to the Indiana State Dept. of Health guidelines.

Other updates from local officials include:

• Spring property tax installment is due May 11, 2020.

Putnam County Treasurer Kathy Minnick is sharing how to pay the spring property tax installment without physically visiting the Putnam County Courthouse. Learn more here.

• Family and Support Services of West Central Indiana is offering free support for victims of violence and families with young children.

If you or someone you know are experiencing abuse, FSSWCI can help. Visit www.pchosp.org to learn more, and for a list of mental health resources.

• 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.

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 percent 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 www.coronavirus.in.gov. 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 www.pchosp.org/covid-19-updates or the Putnam County Health Department at www.putnamhealthindiana.org.

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  • I understand there are privacy issues regarding health, but I wish we had more information about the deaths. Were they elderly, did they have pre-existing health issues, etc. I don't mean to be nosy, but I think we need more information. Just my opinion.

    -- Posted by Momma78 on Sat, Apr 18, 2020, at 7:18 PM
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    Momma78, don't apologize for being intelligently inquisitive. :.)

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Sat, Apr 18, 2020, at 11:45 PM
  • I would like to know if Putnam County have any that have recovered from COVID-19 and been released? I don't need to know names , just stats.

    -- Posted by happening today on Sun, Apr 19, 2020, at 8:41 AM
  • BHS, not sure what you mean by “recovered” and “released”?

    Not everyone testing positive for the virus will need to be hospitalized. I know people recovering at home, in a quarantined situation. I’m not an expert, but from the reading I’ve done, it seems to take at least a couple of weeks to no longer test positive for the virus.

    So if you’re asking, how many of those 51 no longer test positive for the virus, I’d be interested, too.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Sun, Apr 19, 2020, at 1:00 PM
  • I tested positive, recovered, and have a note from the hospital stating that I am cleared for work after being "symptom free" for 72 hours

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Sun, Apr 19, 2020, at 6:31 PM
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