PCH changes COVID testing protocol

Monday, January 3, 2022

While Putnam County Hospital continues to work with local agencies to provide up-to-date COVID-19 testing information, Putnam Prompt Care will no longer offer rapid COVID-19 testing or routine COVID-19 testing.

The move was prompted by limited testing supplies, the hospital announced Tuesday.

Routine testing includes those individuals who are not symptomatic or need a test for travel or to return to work.

However, if an individual is experiencing symptoms and is ill they are encouraged to visit a primary care provider or visit Putnam Prompt Care, which is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Putnam County Hospital will continue to offer curbside testing Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Putnam County Hospital site or at another site in the Putnam County area, visit https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/covid-19-testing-information/ or call 211 for more information or questions.

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  • Just an FYI, the drive-up clinic will not test infants and toddlers. That information isnít posted anywhere and the State COVID website will allow you to schedule a test.

    -- Posted by The Crusty Curmudgeon on Mon, Jan 3, 2022, at 7:19 PM
  • This is quite the interesting dilemma!

    -- Posted by beg on Mon, Jan 3, 2022, at 11:37 PM
  • Theranos Joe will fix this for us

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 9:23 AM
  • Classic "Person terrifed of their own shadow everything is about the scary left" playbook.

    Try not forcing politics into everything,you will be much happier and not so afraid all the time.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 9:30 AM
  • You missed the point but do love that you make assumptions.

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 10:05 AM
  • I dont think there was a point. I wasnt making assumptions, just calling it as I see it.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 10:59 AM
  • BEG, I'm with you! I'm not scared of the ranters, I don't trust the left at all! Whenever I'm driving, I hate making left turns and would prefer passing on the right/shoulder if it were legal and safe!

    Yep. Thermos Joe said he was going to cure COVID. How's that working out for him? He's full of it up to his ears.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 4:14 PM
  • I hope Thermos Joe has something good in his Thermos. Maybe a nice Earl Grey tea or perhaps even a piping hot tomato soup!

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 4:37 PM
  • Well, one thing is for certain, JOE doesn't have a cure for cancer in his thermos. That was just another lie and unkept promise for the gullible, including me, but I have an excuse. I was just too young to know better.


    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 4:46 PM
  • I mean a cure of cancer would be great but I doubt he will be able to cure cancer. However, he does have 3 more years left at least to cure it so its not really an unkept promise now is it Billy Bob?

    His Thermos only holds hot and cold drinks and some soups. Once I get the full menu of offerings I will let you know.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 4:58 PM
  • It's not Billy Bob, it's TRUCK STOP BOB, which infers a bit more sophistication than the former.

    BJCP96, I got your point concerning the fact that Biden still has three more years left to prove he can cure both cancer and Covid and prove that he is more than a babbling idiot.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Unfortunately, I read this recently in the news and saw it on the internet. I'm absolutely shocked. After all his ranting and promises, this is all he can say after his first year as the head of the federal government concerning a cure for Covid? Maybe I should keep my fingers crossed on both hands.


    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 5:20 PM
  • I get so very tired of the commentary, all of which seems to be left OR right politically, and the lack of civil discourse, on almost every article in the Banner. Here's how it goes every time--one person makes a "grand pronouncement" and then sits back and waits for the exchange of jabs to begin . . . let the battle begin! How very cute!

    The large majority of the commentators in the BG only seem to care about how they appear to be smarter, better than everyone else. In elementary school, we called these people "know-it-alls." Nothing very positive in that.

    You want political commentary--here it is: Few elected officials in any country care much about the average citizen, the middle and lower classes--but most pursue agendas that benefit themselves and some of their voters by happenstance. Haven't you figured that out yet? They all have their own agendas and use you as free mouthpieces, as their political pawns. Can't you see how that sad that is?

    In regard to COVID, none of us are all-seeing, omnipotent, able to know all the factors that affect every moment of every day of our lives. But we do have people on the national level, state and local level who have dedicated their lives to studying, research and providing one-on-one service in regard our healthcare. How about giving them the benefit of the doubt?

    Instead of wasting our time with all this smart aleck back and forth, we instead should all be thinking about how we ourselves can personally step up to the plate, trying to make life better for ALL in whatever small way we can.

    For a starter, how about trying to see the point of view of others, the old "walking in their shoes" for a while, being kind and polite, thinking about your fellow citizens as people, people to be be shown some respect for their own worth to our society. Lately, everyone is so concerned with their personal "rights" that they have forgotten that we are live and die together.

    I likely have failed in this regard myself with this commentary. Let the finger pointing begin!

    -- Posted by Debbie Downer on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 8:56 PM
  • Debbie Downer, please don't take this comment section, and its commenters, too seriously. A lot of us on opposite sides are very good friends and enjoy a fun, playful jab or two. And sometimes, however rare, we often find some agreement and really learn something from each other. And some of us can even poke fun at ourselves.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 9:59 PM
  • *

    Debbie Downer -

    Welcome to the party! (I don't remember seeing your name on here before.)

    Don't you know you should never jump in the middle of a domestic squabble? LOL.

    And like Truck Stop Bob says, sometimes there is even common ground found between usually opposing sides.

    I mean I have found myself being in agreement with Raker several times in the last two weeks... (and yeah, it hurts. LOL)

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Jan 5, 2022, at 10:20 PM
  • Person 1- People on twitter are awful. I can't stand it

    Person 2- then don't go to twitter.

    -- Posted by beg on Thu, Jan 6, 2022, at 11:47 AM
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