Fellow Freedom Fighters,


These are difficult times for our community.  I wanted to make sure you have important information to protect yourself and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s do all we can to slow the spread of this disease so our health care systems can manage the patient load. We know that our medical system is not adequate for basic needs, so let’s do what we can to support public health professionals during this time of crisis.

I’d also like to thank the many workers in our community who continue to show up each day to provide services. Retail workers, cleaning staff, restaurant workers, doctors, nurses, medical staff, bus drivers, DPW workers, police and firefighters — everyone who doesn’t have the luxury of working from home and who may also have children home from school — THANK YOU.

We are all in this together.


Chrystal Ratcliffe

Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch President

 May 27, 2020: Mayor Joe Hogsett, MCPHD Outline Next Steps for City's Reopening

Starting on June 1:

  • Restaurants may serve at 50% total capacity indoor and outdoor, so long as staff continue wearing PPE and patrons can keep 6 feet of distance from other tables.

  • Shopping malls and retail can increase to 75% of capacity with continued social distancing.

  • Public gatherings are capped at 50 individuals.

  • Salons may re-open by appointment only, provided PPE is worn and other social distancing measures are met.

  • Fitness centers may open at 50% capacity; community pools may also open at 50% capacity with a cap of 100 people total Houses of worship can resume indoor service at 50% capacity on May 29, provided congregants maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering to decrease the spread of the virus.


  • Playgrounds, movie theaters, performance venues, bowling allies, museums, and indoor play places must remain closed until later phases.


  • The City of Indianapolis has launched indy.gov/masks, which gives access to a free face covering to residents unable to procure them on their own.

  • Businesses seeking face coverings and other PPE for employees can participate in the RESTART 
    program via response.indychamber.com/restart.

May 13 Marion County Health Department Order

COVID-1 9 Testing Sites

No-cost testing sites for COVID-19 are now open in Marion County. Marion County residents must make an appointment to get tested. If you want to be tested, register at MarionHealth.org/indycovid or 317-221-5515 before coming to the testing site. For more information, see this news release

Testing is available to those who are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chills

  • Muscle pains

  • Headache

  • Sore throats

  • New loss of taste/smell


Also, to those with or without symptoms in any of the following groups:

  • Seniors over 65 years of age

  • Dealing with weakened immune systems

  • Frontline essential workers

April 10 Update

African Americans Hit Especially Hard

Data released this week by the State of Indiana confirmed what many of us had feared. COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the African-American community. African-Americans are getting the disease at higher rates than other racial groups and we are dying at a higher rate, as well. See this Indianapolis Recorder story to learn more. The Greater Indianapolis NAACP is working with our community allies to address the issues that are causing this problem. We can all play a part by staying home as much as possible.


As a reminder, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;

  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and

  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • Wear a mask when you are in public places. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% OR HIGHER alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Useful Information - Keep These Links Nearby

Information is changing daily about the virus. Below are some links you may want to keep so you can get the latest information on the virus and community services.

National NAACP Links:

- General Information and Resources

- COVID 19 Unmasked: Virtual Town Hall Series

The latest information from the Marion County Public Health Department can be found here.

CDC Guides:

- Preventing Exposure

- DIY Face Covering

- Disinfecting Your Home


SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. Small businesses affected by the pandemic can begin applying for aid. Here's a link to the SBA page with application information.

Protecting Your Finances: Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Message from Community Health Network

Looking for information about why schools are closing and large gatherings are being canceled? Community Health Network has released a YouTube video in which Chief Physician Executive Dr. Ram Yeleti explains COVID-19, the health network’s response and what it means for you.

Links to Schools and Food Assistance

Indianapolis Public Schools are closed  but IPS is offering free lunches to school-aged children at several locations. Watch the IPS website for information about meals in the weeks to come, as well as other information for parents and students.

Other school corporation web links:


Other community organizations, including Gleaners Food Bank and Community Compass, are also providing food assistance. Find out more here.

Mailing Address: Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch #3053, 300 E. Fall Creek Pkwy. N. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone: 317-925-5127

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