Indianapolis Colts

Jim Irsay donating 10,000+ N95 masks to state health department

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says he has obtained more than 10,000 N95 masks.

Irsay posted the news on Twitter Sunday morning saying he is “passing them along to Indiana State Dept. of Health for distribution as most urgently needed.”

He tagged the post with #INThisTogether. The hashtag is in support of the state’s “IN This Together” campaign that promotes social distancing and community support.

You are asked to use #INThisTogether online whenever you’re social distancing, specifically doing the following things, per a joint press release from the governor and mayor’s offices:

  • 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 washing 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.