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Coronavirus: What impact will it have on upcoming big Indianapolis events?

Health Department issues recommendations
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Posted at 8:51 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 21:03:24-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indy 500, NCAA Sweet 16, NBA playoffs, Big Ten Basketball, concerts and conventions.

These are just some of the events that will bring big crowds to Indianapolis over the next few months. In recent years, the focus has been on security—keeping the public safe. This year, the public's health is an added concern.

Tuesday, the Marion County Health Department issued recommendations the public should take to reduce any potential spread of the coronavirus.

Health Department Director Dr. VIrginia Caine is asking that anyone who is ill or who has acute respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath to stay home and not attend public events.

"Everyday prevention habits are simple ways that people and communities can help slow the spread of respiratory illness like COVID-19 and flu," said Caine. "We want to help prevent the spread of illness while also supporting these important events."

Here are other recommendations from the Health Department.

  • Thoroughly wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol if soap and water aren't available.
  • Use proper hand hygiene after touching surfaces and objects that are used and shared often.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, high-fives, and other close personal contact.