Putnam among majority of Indiana counties back in red for COVID-19 metrics

Friday, January 7, 2022

In moving back into the red category of COVID-19 metrics, Putnam County joined the majority of Indiana counties currently on the highest level of alert on the Indiana State Department of Health’s latest COVID-19 map.

With a seven-day positivity rate of 19.86 percent on all tests as well as 662 new cases per 100,000 residents, Putnam County is well beyond the threshold for the highest alert level in both metrics.

A positivity rate of 15 percent or greater warrants the red metric, while 200 or more new cases per 100,000 warrants the highest level.

All told, 48 of Indiana’s 92 counties are currently red, while the remaining 44 are all in orange, the second-highest level.

However, even as the Omicron variant is blamed for the current nationwide surge, ISDH reports that 83 percent of Indiana cases are still Delta variant, while the Omicron accounts for 16 percent.

As of Thursday, 31 percent of ICU beds remained available in District 7, as well as 74.4 percent of ventilators. Statewide, 36.2 percent of ICU beds were available and 63.6 percent of ventilators.

To date, 92 Putnam County residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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  • Gives a whole new meaning to Putnam County Proud.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Fri, Jan 7, 2022, at 8:18 PM
  • There is an outbreak in Antarctica where everyone there is tested and vaccinated. Let's stop pretending.

    -- Posted by Youseriousclark? on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 7:14 AM
  • youseriousclark? Your example makes zero sense. People in Antarctica are tightly packed, in very cose quarters. You're comparing Greencastle to Antarctica?

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 8:53 AM
  • I think it’s time we shift our focus to mental health in this country. Anyone who still believes the election was stolen and still believes the events of Jan 6 last year was a false flag Antifa attack has some loose marbles and a hamster wheel with a flat tire.

    -- Posted by Koios on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 8:59 AM
  • hmmm

    -- Posted by beg on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 6:02 PM
  • BJCP96 your comment is too ignorant for words.

    -- Posted by Youseriousclark? on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 6:29 PM
  • I mean, you're comparing Greencastle to Antarctica but whatever you say.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Sat, Jan 8, 2022, at 6:58 PM
  • I mean, you're probably right, there really is no point made to say that there are about 30 ENTIRELY VACCINATED people at the Antarctic station and anyone new who comes onto the continent are vaxxed and tested YET they still have an outbreak there. Yea, you're right, comparing Greencastle to Antarctica makes zero sense.

    -- Posted by Youseriousclark? on Sun, Jan 9, 2022, at 7:56 AM
  • Being vaccinated doesn't mean you can't get covid OR pass it along. It means your chances of DYING from Covid are much less. However, social distancing does work, hard to do in Antarctica, easy to do in Putnam County. See the difference? I can't believe I had to spell this out for you. But I'm the one making ignorant comments huh?

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Sun, Jan 9, 2022, at 9:57 AM
  • How many of those vaccinated in the Antarctic during this “outbreak” were hospitalized? How many died?

    -- Posted by Koios on Sun, Jan 9, 2022, at 9:58 AM
  • If the OXFORD dictionary is correct, then the COVID jab we are receiving might not truthfully be termed a vaccine. I once watched an Israeli scientist on TV explain that it was not a vaccine, but still, if getting the jab means that MacDonald's will remain an enjoyable part of my future, well, then, I'm game for the jab. But if YOU don't get the jab, I understand.

    vac·cine/ a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and PROVIDE IMMUNITY against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.

    Definitions from Oxford Languages

    -- Posted by Biden&Harris 2024 on Sun, Jan 9, 2022, at 12:57 PM
  • Okay, I'm confused. Even the CDC says a TRUE vaccine offers immunity from a disease. If the Covid jabs do not offer immunity from a disease, my example is COVID, then with what, precisely, have I been jabbed? If the new definition is that a vaccine can sometimes offer only partial immunity and still be called a vaccine, then change the definition and stop confusing folks.

    Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, YOU DEVELOPE IMMUNITY to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

    Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccineshttps://www.cdc.gov › coronavirus › 2019-ncov › facts

    -- Posted by Biden&Harris 2024 on Sun, Jan 9, 2022, at 10:43 PM
  • Last word. Here's an excerpt from an article that explains why Covid vaccines are not end-all and more boosters may be required. It's a GOOD ENOUGH explanation for me.

    "The coronavirus variants currently spreading require a stronger immune response to beat, and current versions of the two-dose vaccines were designed to battle the original versions of the virus. So, using one dose to create partial immunity to a variant that requires a stronger immune response to beat could create an environment for new, tougher variants to evolve and spread." So the definition, as I see it of a vaccine, should include "partial" immunity.

    I'm off to MacDonald's for my daily reward.

    -- Posted by Biden&Harris 2024 on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 10:29 AM
  • *

    @Prince, stick to your initial suspicion.

    A real vaccine, in the simplest terms, does exactly what it's always been known to do: provide immunity, prevent spread, fix the **** situation. Among the moving goal post explanations of where we are today is how this particular vaccine requires a high percentage of people to be successful... Well, funny enough, most people have been vaccinated at this point and we're still dealing with this mess with the concept of "breakthrough infections" making headlines daily to the point that anyone who still viewing those as "breakthrough" are truly idiotic. When you head down that path of hearing people explain-away the logical inconsistencies or inexplicable situations of this supposed vaccine, that's a sure sign of someone who's prioritizing their passion over any principles: disregard their noise accordingly and continue to exercise your own critical thought processes to better understand what's been hidden under the veil of belligerence and outright lunacy.

    Nobody who is pro-Covid-19 vaccine (looking at you, pro-mandate morons who love to pat themselves on the back with their faux kindness) wants to admit that it's deficient. The most you might get from it is a lessening of effects should you catch the virus but that's on par to living a life making mostly smart life decisions, like eating healthy or getting a proper amount of exercising to avoid obesity or things of that nature. Their bullheadedness has reached such an extent that it's become not only neurotic but outright evil. It's a therapeutic at best. The people whining about the unvaccinated to justify their precious vaccine's failures, are the problem.

    Just remember: 2 weeks to flatten a curve... I think it's okay to say now that the inch has turned into the mile.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 10:52 AM
  • Just remember: 2 weeks to flatten a curve...ONLY works when everyone does their part. Of course, we have people like you in our community so there was never any real possiblity of that.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 12:50 PM
  • *

    @BJCP96, then you only prove my point of being idiotic and having expectations that even you yourself knew would never be met.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 1:15 PM
  • BJ,

    You will never convince the non vaxxers. Accept that. More important would be an honest representation of the vaccine. Would potentially impact those who are on the fence. I have found my most success in convincing someone to consider the vaccine and then following thru by doing so.

    I understand that Political perspectives may not allow for this honest conversation but still think it is best.

    I have been vaccinated and just got over COVID, getting it from someone who was also vaccinated.

    It happens and it wasn't the fault of the non vaccinated. If it is here to stay, we must learn how to live with its presence rather than live in a unrealistic perspective.

    -- Posted by beg on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 4:52 PM
  • *

    You seem to struggle with distinguishing between "protest against a specific, coerced therapeutic" and being "generally anti-vaccine." Do more research...if not for the sake of these tiring exchanges, the constant breakthrough cases we're always told are outliers, and getting grandma sick, then definitely for yourself and the numerous comorbidities I'd bet my mortgage you suffer from. And since I'm vaccinated, beg, I guess your presumptuous perception is but a drop in an ocean of reason why you still play on the JV squad. But by all means, keep embracing whatever people like Dr. Flip-flop keep advising. I'm sure we're just one more booster away from normalcy...

    BJCP96, where are you manners? Whenever someone coddles us around here, we say "thank you."

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 6:31 PM
  • I don't think Justice Sotomayor will go down in history as the Supreme Court's most knowledgeable jurist, but today, even President Biden's CDC director had to correct Sotomayor's remarks.

    https://nypost.com/2022/01/09/cdcs-walensky-corrects-justice-sonia-sotomayors-co...

    Either FOX has it wrong, Biden's CDC director has it wrong, or SOTOMAYOR lives on another planet, but by now, you would think we could trust somebody concerning the facts and figures concerning the COVID crisis.

    -- Posted by Biden&Harris 2024 on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 8:15 PM
  • A SLCL is never wrong

    -- Posted by beg on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 12:25 AM
  • Sotomayor is a jurist on the Supreme Court. She should be held to the highest standards, by the community she oversees and by herself.

    She should explain where she got her information and how she could have gotten the information so misconstrued. This is embarrassing for her, I'm sure, but there has to be a good explanation. If not, she shouldn't be on the supreme court.

    Sotomayor's job is to weigh the evidence, not create it.

    -- Posted by Biden&Harris 2024 on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 1:06 AM
  • She isn't wrong. Just "misspoke". SLLC theologists never wrong.

    -- Posted by beg on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 12:20 PM
  • *

    At 12:25 AM it was SLCL and at 12:20 PM it was SLLC. I can't tell if Beg sobered up during that period or just got more hammered.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Wed, Jan 12, 2022, at 9:41 AM
  • at 3:13pm, it is LSLC

    -- Posted by beg on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 3:12 PM
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