COVID-19 update center

The Putnam County Health Department is working in collaboration the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and community partners to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


It has been brought to our attention that some businesses are requiring their employees to obtain an additional test to confirm a positive home COVID test.  Unfortunately, this is adding to the strain of already limited testing resources and is unnecessarily exposing medical staff as well as other patients being seen for other, potentially non-COVID reasons.  If an employee is symptomatic and has a positive home test, there is no need for an additional test.  Public Health guidance would be for the individual to isolate regardless of a confirmatory test.

Even though most of the COVID related mandates and orders have been rescinded, residents are still advised to follow precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19, such as:
Stay home if you are ill.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm
Avoid exposure to others who are sick
Have facial coverings available if a business, public transportation, or other areas require them

Businesses, organizations, etc have the option to continue to require the use of face masks by visitors, patrons, employees, etc.  Please keep this in mind and follow the rules established by the business.  Thank you.



Putnam County COVID-19 Update

The Putnam County Health Department has paused weekly COVID-19 reports as of March 3, 2022. For weekly state and county level data, visit the interactive COVID-19 Ohio dashboard at