Putnam County up to 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Monday, May 4, 2020

Putnam County officials announced Monday that there have been 78 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

This marked an increase of two cases since the Indiana State Department of Health report from Sunday and 16 cases since the last local report on April 29.

Also as of Monday, the Putnam County Commissioners and the City of Greencastle have determined to continue to operate public business remotely.

For the County:

• The Putnam County Courthouse will remain closed to normal business through and including May 18. Some offices will be open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The schedule is at https://pchosp.org/government-offices/.

• County offices will be staffed daily by at least one staff member from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• The Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plan Commission meetings will occur as scheduled this month. Details about remote participation will be announced in the coming days.

The Putnam County Commissioners strongly encourage citizens to wear a mask while in public and at the Courthouse, and to continue to practice social distancing.

For the City:

• City Hall will remain closed through the end of May, with City boards and commissions meeting remotely.

Contact City Hall at 653-3100 to connect with city departments.

Putnam County officials, along with the Putnam County Health Department, Putnam County Commissioners, and a number of community stakeholders are continuing to analyze Governor Holcomb’s plans for implementation in the county.

The five-stage plan to re-open Indiana is at www.backontrack.in.gov.

The Governor’s announcement underscored that citizens most vulnerable to COVID-19, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions, should remain at home.

Additional update:

• Primary Election is Tuesday, June 2. Putnam County Clerk Heather Gilbert is sharing the many ways citizens can vote in the Primary Election on June 2.

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.

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    Im just going to post this for those that might wonder about the truth of all of this...


    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, May 4, 2020, at 10:04 PM
  • -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, May 4, 2020, at 11:46 PM
  • Just so we’re clear, there’s a difference between what doctors, medical professionals, and scientists can recommend as “proven” and what they can say “could work” or “might work”. A cure, a treatment, or a defense against a virus has to be shown to work through randomized controlled trials before the medical community can truly, ethically sign off on it.

    What this means is that there could be lots of treatments that might have the potential to fight a disease, but without a process through which researchers can test these specific treatments against this specific disease while controlling for all other factors (including the researchers’ own biases, hopes, and desires), there’s no way to say with confidence whether the treatments really work. That’s why more testing of these treatments is so important. Medical professionals can’t recommend a treatment to the public just because they want it to work or hope it will work. They have to know that it’s been proven to work.

    Doctors want to help people. They want people to get better. They don’t want people to get sick or die. To hint or imply that some doctors (especially those responsible for directing our nation’s public health efforts) would knowingly dismiss or disregard a treatment that would work to cure people is, I think, irresponsible. I think giving people false hope or a false sense of security regarding an unproven treatment would be an unethical thing for a doctor to do. A doctor, I would think, would need some expectation that a treatment will work (as shown by multiple clinical trials) before recommending it to patients and saying it will work.

    I think it’s safe to say we all want this surreal chapter in our lives to be closed as soon as possible. People are hurting. People are scared. Some of our friends, family members, and neighbors have been forced out of work and into dire financial straits because of this pandemic and the steps we as a nation have taken to keep the most vulnerable among us safe and free from infection. These are uncertain times, and I’ll readily admit I don’t know the best way forward. I’ll also admit, though, that I’m going to continue to put my faith in our doctors and medical professionals to lead us through this.

    This is all just my opinion. I’m just a school counselor. I don’t know anything about medicine or this virus other than what I read about in my personal time. I am wholly unqualified to give anything more than my opinion on any of this. But my opinion is that our nation’s healthcare experts are experts because they have far more training and experience in their field than I have in mine. I’m going to continue to follow their recommendations and hope, like everyone else, that we find our way through this as quickly and safely as possible.

    Heath Pruitt

    -- Posted by Pruitts on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 12:10 PM
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    Heath, that sounds great on paper... You seem like a gentle soul who simply prefers to adopt harmonious views that we all wish to employ and enjoy. There's nothing wrong with your innocence.

    Thing is, you're also mistaken to blindly assume that a sanctioned system is always the safest or to imply that to question it is to advocate falsities, even if it's a byproduct of resorting to drastic measures during drastic times. After all, this is an existential threat that we're all desperately trying our best to vanquish, is it not? As such, should efforts in this pandemic exclude trying nonstandard methodology even if it means possible cures or vaccines?

    Out of curiosity, do you invest the same level of confidence for President Trump and his executive administration as you seem to show for our "medical professionals" and their supposed rigor we're told they endure when venturing into unknown medical lands in pursuit of the knowledge we need to combat against our invisible foe? If you don't, then you're cognitively-contradicting yourself as one can't blindly believe in the drafted or the enlisted without also believing in their general and his doctrine. If you do, then you're dismissing or disregarding his adversaries who have continuously held him and his team suspect since Inauguration Day.

    So which is it?

    Yes, that's meant to trap you but in an effort to make clear how it's impossible to assure equity for everyone and that it's equally important to never turn a blind eye towards ideas of those who might lack perceived qualification, despite standard rigor normally proving otherwise. Push aside your conservatism or outcome biases. One need not to be a virology expert or be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just to mull the opinions made by someone from, say, Putnam County Public Hospital knowing they may have lazily chalked up some mortality to things like COPD when the death itself may have been unrelated. In other words, there's always the possibility that a diamond might lay in the rough.

    Hopefully it goes without saying that some local talent like RSOTS, beg, and The Nit(wit) can all be exceptions to this rule but to disregard ideas outright, sometimes even for them, on the grounds that they question official benchmark or exercise nonstandard methodology is, in and of itself, questionable and increases the likelihood of sacrificing low-hanging gifts. That's akin to my disregarding His Omniscience's fancy five-step designs on the grounds that the Banner Graphic didn't link *directly* to the page containing His gospel or for it lacking discernible formatting necessary to parse between bullet points and major headings, paragraphs vs. sentences, etc. I mean, how can our tech savvy leadership conduct virtual meetings and yet, forget to embed adequate cascading style sheets so that we can at least be privileged to bold font!? Each day during radio commercials we're lectured about the proper ways to wash our hands... If people can't even do that on their own, how can His Omnipotence expect his lowly surfs to grasp the intricacies of his word wall wisdom about reopening our state? At what point should standards be questioned? What depth of idiocy makes it okay to do? Because from my vantage point, I'm still waiting to hit bottom in all this, plummeting deeper each day with more force.

    And disregard the inconsistencies of implementation. Menards is a perfect example: mandated face masks but no regard for individual ocular or tactile communicability prevention measures beyond the occasional spritz of Lysol!? What, I guess the numerous pieces emphasizing how it can live for extended periods of time on various number of surfaces isn't something shoppers need to worry about now during our first week of eased restrictions as long as they at least wear one of the $1.00 paper masks they sell customers? Yeah, sure, okay...

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 5:05 PM
  • DouglasQuaid, you have too much time on your hands. Find something positive to do.

    -- Posted by Falcon9 on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 6:49 PM
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    Rainbow6, what will you do if I don't?

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 7:41 PM
  • Rainbow6. You are wasting your time even reading moron Douglas Quaid’s posting. His sentences and stories are so long they get quite boring. I myself if I see a post of his I skip right over it anymore. All he can do is run down anyone that post. Thank you Heather Pruitt for a great post.

    -- Posted by Nit on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 8:17 PM
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    Nit(wit), you just make it so easy... But I'll admit that my ideas require an IQ level above that of a pill bug's with at least the reading comprehension of level of a preschooler. Perhaps that explains your struggles? ;.)

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 9:57 PM
  • Douglasquaid. I am not going to stoop to you so you can just all the belittling. I personally am tired of you.

    -- Posted by Nit on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 10:38 PM
  • Douglasquaid. Please quit all of your belittling to everyone. Make your comments and let others make theirs.

    -- Posted by Nit on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 10:40 PM
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    Nit(wit), you and I both know you couldn't ignore me if you tried, and your paltry attempt at the high road in this has major potholes that need filled with an accurate recounting of who's actually starting the transgressions.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, May 5, 2020, at 11:06 PM
  • It appears to me that DQ needs a hug or something.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 7:42 AM
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    Don Antonio, you are going to have to step up your game if you wish to join Team Banal (Nit, RSOTS, Beg). :)

    DQ and I have sparred with them on countless threads as their mendacity plays out for those who will open their eyes to the possibility of more going on that what is being spoon-fed to the masses via the likes of mainstream media and the Team Banal cheerleading squad.

    But it is not for the likes of Team Banal that DQ and I post - it is for anyone else that dares to say "what if?".

    Even now you will still hear talk of "ventilators" in the news when it has been known for weeks that if you are put on a ventilator it will likely do more harm than good and that you have a less than 20% chance of survival.

    You will hear of Remdesivir being a breakthrough drug for the treatment of COVID-19 (with marginal evidence), all while HCQ+Z-pac+Zinc is continually ignored or obfuscated when it has shown - in real world conditions - actual high-percentage beneficial results especially when taken at the early stages.

    Don't you wonder why?

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 8:30 AM
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    Don, I just hope the level of talent I'm seeing coming out of the woodwork around here isn't a barometer for what to expect from you, because if it is, nothing would surprise me about whatever it might be that "appears to you" at any point in time during any given circumstance.

    That aside, what I really need are indicators that I'm not dealing with the same lame brains who have absolutely nothing to contribute to any kind of discussion that goes beyond their cognitive capacities, the kind of discussions which make comments worth reading and websites worth revisiting, let alone, subscriptions worth purchasing.

    Each day, we all see the same reactions to almost every idea that a collective majority is afraid of, that they find offensive or can't reconcile, or that they just can't accept for whatever reasons. Petty or "no effort remarks" (like yours) is what this group of tools usually responds with... Remarks like, "you have too much time on your hands," (which probably took more time and effort to actually post than it did to think up but does nothing for everyone when finally unleashed upon the world) or, "I'm not going to stoop to your level," a stereotypical high road which ironically consists of *not ignoring any of my comments* while coming back time and again to pucker the same lip they've always puckered for things they actually started either in this thread or in others. These people have memories of a gypsy moth, can barely think on their own, lack all amounts of critical thought processes, and habitually resort to the same snipes meant to undermine or marginalize someone for daring to think outside their little glass houses. Otherwise known as "SIMPS," these are the same people responsible for us hearing the incessant words, "Wash Your Hands!," every 15 minutes on the radio because it's those people who actually need those reminders.

    We see them everyday: overweight losers who have no honor nor respect for others and their property (let alone, themselves or their own property); they never think before they speak, they often have at least one spoiled kid that nobody likes... They have the same Facebook page everyone else in their tribe has that they use to post boring cat pictures from or use to send the same thoughts and prayers to various Facebook news posts about people dying, the same useless thoughts and prayers they blanket their bibles with during their local Baptist church visits where they console their own souls for whatever moral crimes they've undoubtedly committed that week only to come back that following week to commit them again.

    (I guess I have an axe to grind against the devout as everyone I've ever met in Putnam County who conferred with God each Wednesday or Sunday consistently turned out to be the worst people I've ever known in my entire life. Real bottom-of-the-barrel types.)

    Anyway, not that I necessarily need one, but I'm always game for a good hug! To the chagrin of most, I'm actually a great person... It's just that not many around these parts appreciate my folksy charm and in their defense, I'll admit that I've lost patience throughout the years. Time has a way of doing that to you. Given the current inconveniences we're all dealing with, they say a hug is a smile from 6 feet away now. The sentimental side of moi doesn't buy that but in any event, if you can promise me that you have a pretty face, legs that go on for miles, long blond hair, a weight below 150 pounds, no facial hair or any bananas in your pocket, and smell like petunias, by all means, hug away. :.)

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 9:45 AM
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    Ditto, DP.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 9:47 AM
  • DQ--I really do not know what to think of you. It seems to me you like to rail about certain things i.e., "the same useless thoughts and prayers they blanket their bibles with during their local Baptist church visits where they console their own souls for whatever moral crimes they've undoubtedly committed that week only to come back that following week to commit them again.

    (I guess I have an axe to grind against the devout as everyone I've ever met in Putnam County who conferred with God each Wednesday or Sunday consistently turned out to be the worst people I've ever known in my entire life. Real bottom-of-the-barrel types.)

    Are you an apostate whom God has put into reprobation? Or are you an atheist? Your hatred is very evident of your present nature.

    There are only two types of people on the earth:

    1. Those who are actively seeking God.

    2. Those who are not actively seeking God.

    I await your answer.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 12:58 PM
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    Don, I'm the antichrist made manifest who's here to help others see the little bugs that rock of yours was trying it's best to hide before I came along to kick it over.

    How about that hug?

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 1:18 PM
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    I have a headache from reading DQ trying to sound fancy, smart and still make sense at the same time. Thank God (oops can't do that as that would make me a bottom of the barrel devout bible thumper) I'm just part of the lowly Team Banal.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 3:58 PM
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    But therein lies the problem, RSOTS: when you come across someone who has a modicum of lingual proficiency, you're of the impression that it's just someone "trying to sound fancy" when in actuality, you're blind to your own standards.

    (That's not as much a slam as it is an observation of your own self-awareness.)

    Guess I'm not getting that hug.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 5:15 PM
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    DQ, you have a vast vocabulary and congratulations on that. The problem is that your message is lost in your vast array of convoluted words and arrangement. It's no different than a preacher that prepares his sermon and focuses so hard on big flowery words and arrangements that the congregation leaves with no concept of what his actual message was.

    Ignorant people can hide behind big words and a flowery vocabulary while a smart person can use basic language to get their point across.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 5:50 PM
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    I understand what you're saying but I think that's one of the differences between you and I: I have no desire to bear any burdens of accommodating a lowest common denominator who prefers timely convenience over rich expression, especially when the ideas being expressed consist of complex concepts, multiple moving parts, but also, rarely go over a few paragraphs of text. I'd be on your side if we were talking about pages upon pages worth of *fluff* but we're not because the most I've ever posted on here in a single reply might've been around 6 or 7 paragraphs (each containing around 6-8 sentences at most). But for giggles, let's say I post on average 10+ paragraphs of text, each containing around 10 sentences each. Reading-wise, that's still child's play. If you find that overwhelming, then your reading comprehension level and or your impatience is the least of your problems. If my readers want to whine about that or respond in kind using the same tired one-liners that petulant twenty-somethings mastered by fingering their phones all day long, then they weren't worth interacting with anyway. I won't lose any sleep over it. :.)

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, May 6, 2020, at 7:12 PM
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