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Governor announces social distancing campaign

Gov. Holcomb and health officials speak on April 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, along with a coalition of statewide business and community partners, have announced a social distancing campaign to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana. The #INthistogether campaign aims to help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing and provide access to helpful information.

The campaign was announced at Governor Holcomb’s daily press briefing on COVID-19 and through a statewide public service announcement. Mayor Hogsett released a public service announcement showing his support for the campaign and its importance.

“Social distancing is the most important and effective tool we have to defeat COVID-19,” said Holcomb. “If we act now, we can save lives and then re-open our state for business, group activities, sports and the other things we enjoy doing together as Hoosiers. But we need every person to take this seriously and do their part. We are truly in this together.”

Other partners launched their own contributions to the campaign, including Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo, Indiana Fever Vice President of Basketball Operations Tamika Catchings, and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.

The #INthistogether campaign is encouraging all Hoosiers to digitally share how they are practicing good social distancing while at home, at an essential business or going out for essential needs. The campaign includes an online resource “toolkit” that can be accessed by clicking here. The public is being encouraged to utilize these resources to support #INthistogether.

“This campaign is sharing a critically important message with the people of Indianapolis as well as residents across the state,” said Hogsett. “It’s clear that social distancing works. And while restrictions have presented challenges for businesses, families and workers, the health and safety of Hoosiers has to continue being our top priority. In order to meaningfully address this public health crisis, we must ensure people understand that their actions impact the wellbeing of their neighbors. We really are in this together.”

#INthistogether supports these social distancing tips:

• Stay home. Right now, staying home is the best way you can help our healthcare workers and first responders. Essential businesses are still open and everyone can go to grocery stores, the pharmacy and for medical care as needed.

• Avoid close physical contact. Remember to maintain a safe distance of six feet apart and keep up healthy hygiene practices, including wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, clean and sanitize frequently, and cough or sneeze into elbow.

• If you feel sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your physician and try to isolate yourself from others in the home.

• Stay connected with friends and loved ones. There are multiple ways like video conferencing, when available, that allow people to see each other on computers and smart phones. People are also encouraged to write letters and call or text people to check in and connect socially. Try to say hi to neighbors from six feet away.

• Take care of yourself. That includes your physical health and mental well-being. Staying home does not mean you can’t go for a run or walk as long as you maintain a safe physical distance. Eating well, occasionally turning off the news and a good night’s sleep are important.

• Support our community. Look for creative ways to virtually give back to your community. Call an elderly neighbor, say hi over the fence, offer virtual tutoring or donate to an organization or community fund, like the Central Indiana Economic Relief Fund.