Putnam County goes to Level 2 health emergency

In view of the recent documented case of COVID 19 Putnam County Health Department’s action level has risen to a Level 2 Public Health Emergency.  Level 2 Public Health Emergency means more serious effects are possible (i.e. more cases, possible deaths, or life-threatening illness). COVID-19 has been documented to be contagious person to person by droplets with close personal contact (less than 3 feet) with a contagious person.


The Putnam County Health Department, along with County Commissioners and the Putnam

County Hospital, are hereby recommending the following for all residents of Putnam County:


  1. Avoid all non-essential travel for the next week or until further notice. Non-essential travel does NOT include doctor’s visits, grocery shopping, pharmacy/medication pick up, drive-thru or pick up meals from restaurants or traveling to and from work.


  1. Business such as hair salons, nail salons, gyms, movie theaters, playhouses, and bowling alleys should consider taking a week off at this time to assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19.


  1. Please be advised that the Putnam County EMS has increased their level of precaution and will be arriving with personal protective equipment (PPE) which will include respirators/masks.


  1. All healthcare providers, including long term care facilities (nursing homes) have also increased their level of precaution and will be wearing masks throughout their shifts.


  1. Please continue to adhere to the guidelines in place from Governor Holcomb, Major Dory, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


More information can be found at the following websites:

www.putnamcountyhealthindiana.org https://pchosp.org/ https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/