Protecting Eyes and Ensuring Safety: Marion County Public Health Department Prepares for Total Solar Eclipse in Indianapolis

Health Department Distributing Eclipse Glasses at Drive-Through Locations and Open House Event

The Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis is taking proactive measures to ensure public safety during the upcoming total solar eclipse. Dr. Virginia A. Caine, the health department’s director and chief medical officer, emphasized the importance of protecting vision and ensuring the safety of first responders who will be navigating through increased traffic.

To prepare the community for the eclipse, the health department will be distributing eclipse glasses and safe-viewing information at several events across the city. These events include a drive-through giveaway at Lafayette Square Mall on Tuesday, April 2, and Washington Square Mall on Thursday, April 4. Additionally, an open house will be held at the Marion County Public Health Department on Saturday, April 6, where attendees can also receive health screenings, vaccines, and other services.

As Indianapolis falls within the path of totality on eclipse day, April 8, there is a significant concern for heavy traffic and a large number of visitors traveling to the area. In response to this, the health department will be closing all offices and clinics on April 8 to help manage traffic flow and ensure public safety.

For more information on eclipse glasses giveaway events or general inquiries, individuals can contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert at or find him on Twitter: @vicryc

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