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.
The Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch is looking at options for holding our April 2 General Membership meeting remotely. We’ll keep you apprised as we know more.
It’s important that we follow the advice of public health authorities to keep our community safe. If you are able, check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need help. Reach out with your heart to people in need in our community. Don’t panic buy at the grocery store. Get what you need for 2-3 weeks and leave something for others. Wash your hands frequently.
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.
Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch President
March 23 Update
Governor Holcomb Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order
Today, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statewide order requiring Hoosiers to stay at home, effective 11:59 pm Tuesday (March 24), unless they are involved in essential functions and businesses. Here's a link to the Executive Order: https://bit.ly/3a9TxLM. Here's a list of frequently asked questions about the governor's order.
In addition, Mayor Joe Hogsett issued a similar order for Marion County. The Mayor's full press release, issued earlier today, is provided below.
The Greater Indianapolis NAACP is monitoring the implementation of these new restrictions, to ensure that our community is being treated with fairness and equity. We all need to do our part to keep this disease from spreading out of control. Please stay home, unless you are getting food, medication, medical care, caring for another person or participating in essential business functions.
The Indianapolis Recorder is also providing continuing coverage of these issues for our community. Watch a recording of their Virtual Town Hall from last week. The latest COVID-19 pandemic news can be found on their webpage: www.indianapolisrecorder.com.
Resources are being added to the City's website every day to help connect residents with food, utility assistance, small business support, and more. Visit http://indy.gov/covid
Mayor Joe Hogsett, Marion County Public Health Department Issue New “Stay At Home” Orders For All Residents
INDIANAPOLIS – Following today’s announcement by Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department issued a series of “stay at home” orders for Marion County, which will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, and remain in effect through at least Monday, April 6, 2020. The new restrictions include the implementation of a “warning” travel status, the highest level of local travel emergency, and the ordered closure of all non-essential business activity.
“As we have watched the spread of COVID-19 across our community, it is clear that every one of us has a personal obligation to do our part to combat the scourge of this virus,” said Mayor Hogsett. “These restrictions are burdensome and disruptive, but they are necessary – this crisis is real, it is here now, and through this action I am confident that we will save lives in Indianapolis.”
Through Executive Order No. 2-2020, Mayor Hogsett upgraded Marion County’s travel emergency to a “warning,” the highest level allowed under state law, restricting travel except for emergency situations and essential functions. A full list of essential functions can be found within the Executive Order, but it includes travel for things like the care of another individual, the purchase groceries or food and beverages, as well as the pick-up of prescriptions. Residents are also permitted to travel for volunteer service benefitting food banks, food pantries, homeless shelters, or other organizations serving vulnerable populations.
In addition, the Marion County Public Health Department’s Order states that all non-essential businesses are to close as soon as possible, but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Businesses with essential functions are permitted to remain open and their employees are permitted to continue traveling to work. A full list of these “essential businesses and operations,” as recommended by state and federal guidance, can be found within the mayor’s Executive Order and at: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/
“Now is the time for each of us to do what is critically necessary to protect our neighbors, friends and loved ones from COVID-19, especially those who are at high risk for complications from the virus,” said Dr. Caine. “Social distancing is so important to slowing the spread of this virus, and taking additional measures like this help minimize the effect of COVID-19 on our community.”
Mayor Hogsett also directed civilian city departments to identify essential personnel and prioritize critical public services as additional municipal employees are asked to work from home. Staff from the Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, and CERT volunteers are staffing the Emergency Operations Center around the clock to monitor and respond to public health and safety needs.
Today’s restrictions follow the recent closure of all Marion County schools, the temporary closure of bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, movie theaters and entertainment venues, as well as gyms and fitness facilities. All eleven township school systems within Marion County -- as well as mayoral-sponsored charter schools -- will remain closed through May 1.
Residents and affected workers impacted by COVID-19 restrictions should visit the city’s resource guide, which can be viewed at indy.gov/covid. Spanish speaking residents can view the Resource Guide here. Individuals who are unable to navigate the city’s website can call 317-327-4MAC between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to talk to a customer service representative.
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:
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.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should wear a mask only if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.
This is an ongoing situation and is evolving rapidly. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit https://on.in.gov/COVID19.