COVID-19 cases still rising slowly in county

Monday, October 19, 2020

With 30 new cases over the last seven days, Putnam County has reported 695 cases of COVID-19 since mid-March.

The Indiana State Department of Health released the latest information Monday afternoon, showing the number of cases through Sunday.

The county has reported no new deaths in the pandemic since Oct. 7, following a period in which the county had seven deaths in a 22-day period.

The seven-day positivity rate in the county is 5.4 percent.

Elsewhere, there have been no new cases reportedly recently at either Putnamville Correctional Facility or any local schools, which just returned from fall break on Monday.

DePauw University currently has one active case on campus, according to information released by the school, while three people are in quarantine for possible exposure.

This brings the cumulative number of positives on campus to 20.

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  • How many are in LTC facilities?

    (If you don't know how to do this investigation go to

    -- Posted by Youseriousclark? on Mon, Oct 19, 2020, at 6:14 PM
  • @youseriousclark the ltc dashboard on is not accurate either.

    -- Posted by hometowngirl626 on Mon, Oct 19, 2020, at 7:38 PM
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    Survival rates across ALL age groups:99% +/-

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 9:16 AM

    A pretty comprehensive and well explained breakdown of what our best guess is on actual death rates, why that is, and why we can’t give a firm answer to the question. Apparent death rate worldwide is around 2.5% but that’s quite higher than the actual number because not everyone has been tested yet, and likely never will be.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 1:07 PM
  • Can't people just chill out and please wear their masks even if they don't like it. Even if it saves one person that makes it worthwhile. If a store has a posting that masks are mandatory, they should enforce it. Stop allowing people to shop in the store. No entrance.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 1:07 PM
  • Queen53- I cannot believe the number of businesses that don't require the workers to wear mask. I will exclude the names but I walked into a chain store and not one worker wore a mask {not even around their neck}, a Hair Salon and neither customers or workers had on mask. I don't pretend to know if the mask help or hinder but we are mandated to wear them so I will. Most experts say wear them.

    -- Posted by happening today on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 1:19 PM
  • Covid related deaths are still deaths. If the underlying condition ends up being the cause....well, if not for Covid would that person still be alive? I’m all for doing what’s necessary to help stop the spread. But, unless “enforced”; mask mandates equal worthless. There are those who don’t like to be “forced”, so there’s that (insert shoulder shrug).

    -- Posted by kbmom on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 3:38 PM
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    Queen53 - how about we examine your every action and then start forbidding them based on your idea that if it saves one person that makes it worthwhile? We will even skip the obvious ones like driving, taking medications, etc...

    Do you have a bed? (Accidental suffocation/strangulation in bed: 10,206 deaths) (Falls from bed: 10,386 deaths) Are you regular? (Constipation: 2167 deaths) Do you mow your grass? (Contact with powered lawnmower: 951 deaths)

    These are for the years 1999-2014 as compiled by the CDC.

    These are just a few of the millions of ways to die.

    Again, no one is forcing YOU to shop in the stores that don't enforce the unenforceable so-called mandate.

    So why do you feel compelled to force OTHERS into a particular behaviour pattern that is borne of your own personal fear?

    You may live your life wrapped in bubble-wrap behind doors and away from the world. I prefer to live free and enjoy the life that God gave me.

    Happening Today: Lets start with your experts... for every "expert" you get saying to wear a mask, I could find one that says not to or it is useless. The honest answer is they MIGHT provide SOME protection, but there is no definitive science one way or the other. In fact, the CDC says you should not wear a mask if you have breathing problems, are a small child, etc... Is that b/c you are immune from the 'rona if you fall under their exceptions? Nope. It's b/c the mask will cause more problems than it will prevent. So pick your poison... slight chance of catching the 'rona or a good chance of exacerbated breathing problems. Personally, I like to breathe. And, as noted prior, a survival rate of 99% across all age groups makes it less deadly than the flu.

    As for your adherence to mandates: You are mandated to not exceed certain speeds... do you ALWAYS obey posted speed limits? Turn signals? Yield to faster traffic in the left lane on a two lane highway? You are mandated to do hundreds of things every day in many aspect of your life. Shall we start nit-picking your every move as well to see just how nonsensical your argument is? This is about control and power, not science.

    Put another way:

    “Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.”

    (Excerpt from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Oct 20, 2020, at 3:54 PM
  • dreadpirateroberts......

    I didn't make the rule. Just do the right thing. Be thankful you aren't sick. Geez....I think you have too much time on your hands.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 9:58 AM
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    Queen53 - The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

    Someone has to shout the words of freedom, lest it be drowned out by the baaa-ing of the sheep.

    You're welcome.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 12:28 PM
  • Queen53--a sheep(le) in people clothing.

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 8:37 PM
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    Ah the good ole "I watch Fox News all day long but you're a sheeple" village moron has awoken from his diesel fuel moonshine induced slumber to bless us with his wisdom. Thank you so much for your brilliant insight!!!

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 8:54 PM
  • RSOTS--it takes one to know one!!!

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 10:29 PM
  • I am gaining more confidence that most people don't want to be treated the way they treat others.

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 11:56 PM
  • DPR seems to be the only one thus far making sense.

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 7:15 AM
  • Don Antonio: your intelligence level is dropping like a rock. "Sheeple" "Takes one to know one"? Second grade stuff.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 9:15 AM
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    FactswithoutBS - Thank you. :)

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 9:45 AM
  • Don Antonio.....Take your meds.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 11:14 AM
  • Living in the southern part of Putnam County, we realize that cultural trends start in California and go directly to Greencastle before reaching us, but referring to RSOTS's comment about diesel-fuel moonshine, what exactly is that stuff. Sounds interesting.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 1:42 PM
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    Oh POSH as a fellow clovertucky boy I'm sure you and I both have had some diesel fuel laced moonshine or at least something close lol.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Thu, Oct 22, 2020, at 4:42 PM
  • Once again the Banner-Graphic has censored me. You must be proud of yourselves.

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Fri, Oct 23, 2020, at 4:23 PM
    Response by Banner Graphic:
    Watch your language and it won't happen.
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