June 3, 2022
Putnam County Health Department has become aware of 43 new additional cases of
COVID-19 since Thursday, May 26, 2022, in our community with a few outbreak
situations that we are monitoring. It is likely that the number of actual infections is higher
due to the availability of at home testing.
We urge our community members to be vigilant in their health. Please stay home if you are
ill. Avoid large indoor crowds. Seek testing whether it be at your providers office or with
an at home test if you have symptoms or have been knowingly exposed to the virus. Wear
a mask when out in the community. Maintain a proper diet and exercise. Seek medical care
and follow-up with your primary care providers. Consider vaccination if you have not yet
done so or have not yet received your booster dose.
Symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person, but can include the following:
cough, fever, headache, body/muscle aches, sore throat, and/or loss of taste/smell. It is
important to note that not all persons will have all of the above symptoms. Some may only
have one or a combination of the above. Symptoms can vary in their intensity and duration.
Putnam County Health Department will begin offering rapid antigen testing on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday’s from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. No appointment is required. Upon
arriving to the parking lot, community members are to call the office and not come in. One
of our staff members will come out to your vehicle to perform the test. There is no fee for
the rapid antigen test.
If you test positive, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for a
period of five days from symptom onset or positive test, whichever occurs first. If you
need to leave your home after this period and have no fever, it is their recommendation to
wear a mask for days 6-10.
Community members who wish to receive the vaccine may visit the health department on
the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and the remaining Thursday’s
from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on a walk in basis. Pfizer and Moderna vaccine will be made
available. If you are uncertain of your vaccine status or need for a booster, please call our
office at 660-947-2429. Those with an appointment scheduled already for the June 17,
2022, clinic should keep their appointment.
Community members with questions regarding COVID-19 or the vaccine are encouraged
to call their primary care providers or the health department.