Indy University Health calls for Indy 500 to not include fans (Update)

Will the Covid-19 virus from China spread like wild fire at the Indy 500? Not if everyone wears a mask.
Will the Covid-19 virus from China spread like wild fire at the Indy 500? Not if everyone wears a mask.

UPDATE IU Health said the 500 should be run without fans. The Speedway issued a flat denial essentially saying we are running the race with fans come hell or high water.

Today it was announced the race will be run with zero fans in attendance.

07/30/20 IU Health fears the Indianapolis 500, even with a reduced crowd, “could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections" and has called on the race organizers to consider an alternative to a race with fans.

IU Health also notes the other places where gatherings could occur – restaurants, bars, accommodations and more – as being a concern beyond the track.

Based in Indianapolis, IU Health is the largest network of physicians in Indiana. It’s a partner with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools

IU Health Statement

“We appreciate Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s detailed plan to safely host the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. We have concerns about the risks of infection beyond the scope of the IMS plan, including social gatherings, travel, restaurants, bars, accommodations and other event-related activities. This could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections as we continue to see cases and hospitalizations increase every day. Until we sustain better control of this virus and its spread, we strongly encourage IMS to consider an alternative to running the Indy 500 with fans in August."

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Response

“IU Health’s viewpoint is inaccurate and premature.

“IMS has put together a plan that will serve as a model for the careful and conscientious management of events during this pandemic. It is informed by expert advice and reflects our belief that with carefully considered precautions in place, it’s not necessary or appropriate to return to shutting down events that are important to our state and city.

“Despite attempts by our organization to engage with IU Health leadership, we have not received a single suggestion from IU Health as to how our approach might be improved. In contrast, public health officials from our city and state have engaged with us for months. They have given us numerous suggestions that we have implemented, and they have approved our plans subject to continued review.

“We remain open to meaningful input from IU Health that will improve our detailed operational plan as we move closer to Race Day." WishTV

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