County remains at 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Putnam County officials announced Monday there are have been 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.
This is an increase of two since the county’s last report on Friday.
Additional updates include:
• Governor Holcomb’s recent executive order allows health care providers and facilities to resume elective medical procedures. This includes our own Putnam County Hospital.
“Please do not ignore your health out of fear of going to the hospital or to your health care provider,” said Dr. Keith Landry of PCH. “Ignoring chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or even your regular physicals and well checks, can put you at greater risk for health concerns in the future.”
• IU researcher and ISDH are testing Putnam County residents as part of statewide COVID-19 study.
The Indiana State Department of Health is collaborating with the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI to conduct a scientific study to measure the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. This is a legitimate scientific study, and anyone who has been contacted to participate, is asked to give it consideration.
Testing is likely in the community this week. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y7zaw26z.
• Wear a mask in public when performing essential duties.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Remember to always socially distance when performing these functions.
For more from the CDC visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html/
• Contact Putnam County’s Masked Mommas if you need a mask.
Our dedicated community volunteers have made and distributed thousands of masks. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Putnam-County-Mask-Mommas-Sew-Serve-100134314992282/ to connect with them.
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.
• Wear face coverings in public when performing essential duties.
• 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 Indiana State Department of Health. The updates can be accessed via www.coronavirus.in.gov.
According to the ISDH, the number of tests is provisional and reflects only those reported to ISDH. Numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.