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Rep. Carson to Cancel Upcoming Youth Opportunities Fair In Response to Public Health Concerns Over COVID-19, and Other Updates

Mar 11, 2020
Press Release

Indianapolis, IN – Rep. André Carson released the following statement on his decision to cancel his upcoming Youth Opportunities Fair and temporarily suspend face-to-face meetings in an effort to protect constituents from the spread of COVID-19:

“Out of an abundance of caution to protect my constituents, I have decided to cancel my seventh annual Youth Opportunities Fair, which was scheduled to occur next Monday, March 16th at the Indianapolis Central Library. This is one of my favorite events of the year, and my staff and I cherish this chance to connect young people with a variety of enrichment activities that can help change lives. But as COVID-19 continues its rapid spread, it’s clear that the health and well-being of friends, neighbors, and colleagues takes precedence.

“If you would still like to get in touch with the exhibitors who were scheduled to attend, please visit my official website,, where a full list will be available by next Monday, March 16th.

“In addition, based on guidance from the U.S. House of Representatives Attending Physician, both my Indianapolis and Washington D.C. offices will temporarily suspend face-to-face meetings beginning next week, in order to protect the health of constituents and staff. In lieu of face-to-face meetings, we will arrange telephone meetings whenever possible. Please call my Indianapolis office at 317-283-6516 or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-4011 for additional details.

“The spread of COVID-19, which today was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), presents an unprecedented public health challenge. We all must do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones. My staff and I will continue working hard to serve the constituents of Indiana’s Seventh Congressional District. And right now, taking necessary steps to help protect everyone’s health is a vital act of service.

“For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the websites of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and believe you might have the virus, I urge you call the Indiana State Department of Health immediately for guidance and for next steps. These symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The Indiana State Department of Health can be reached at 317-233-7125 (or 317-233-1325 after hours).”