Health Department giving away eclipse glasses through drive-thru and open house events

The Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis is taking measures to ensure the safety of its residents during the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8. In preparation for the event, the department will be distributing eclipse glasses at various events throughout the city next week.

Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director of the health department, emphasized the importance of protecting vision and ensuring the safety of first responders as traffic is expected to increase significantly during the eclipse. The department will provide safe-viewing information and distribute glasses at three different events: Lafayette Square Mall on April 2, Washington Square Mall on April 4, and a special open house at the Marion County Public Health Department on April 6.

During the open house on April 6, attendees can also receive services such as sports physicals, dental health screenings, blood pressure checks, vaccines for children, and flu and Covid-19 shots. This is an opportunity for people to take advantage of these services that they may not have had access to otherwise.

On the day of the eclipse itself, Indianapolis will experience totality where the moon will completely block out the sun. Public safety officials are anticipating heavy traffic and a large number of visitors coming to the city for this once-in-a-lifetime event. To help alleviate congestion, all offices and clinics within Marion County Public Health Department will be closed on April 8th.

For further information about eclipse glasses distribution or any other questions related to public health and safety during this event please contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert by email at or on Twitter at @vicryc

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