IBJ Podcast: Indy’s top doc on the COVID response, masks, contact tracing, second wave

Dr. Virginia Caine says the county’s average of daily cases has risen to 65 from 57 two weeks ago, but was more than 300 in late April and early May. (IBJ file photo)

Dr. Virginia Caine has been in charge of the Marion County Public Health Department since 1994. Over her tenure she has fought waves of public health crises including HIV and AIDS, the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and the ongoing scourge of black infant mortality. But never has she taken such a visible and constant public role of authority as she has over the last five months of the coronavirus crisis. For Indianapolis, she’s one of the key interpreters of data, prime shapers of policy and chief evangelizers for protective measures.

IBJ reporter Lindsey Erdody interviewed Dr. Caine last week about the frustrations and challenges of tackling the pandemic. Caine addresses the current state of local testing and contact tracing. She explains the reasoning behind the recent mask mandate and when it will be possible to make a call on running the Indianapolis 500. And she has an emphatic message for Marion Country residents who might not see the wisdom of following public health recommendations.

To see highlights from the interview, check out Lindsey Q&A with Dr. Caine in the latest issue of IBJ.

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One thought on “IBJ Podcast: Indy’s top doc on the COVID response, masks, contact tracing, second wave

  1. Thanks for the Mask Mandate.

    To make an easier sell, here is quote from Gov. Jared Polis: “I think what’s important for people to know is this is not ideological, it’s not partisan, it’s science-based, Masks are a ticket to more freedom.”

    “It makes it less likely that businesses will be shuttered. It makes it less likely that people will die. It makes it more likely school will return. If we care about those things, you’re going to take that as a matter of personal responsibility to protect yourself, protect others, protect our economy,”

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