Braun Says Indiana Well-Positioned To Respond To COVID-19 Crisis

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s warning about Indianapolis being an upcoming COVID-19 hotspot should “put the scare factor into everyone.”
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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s warning about Indianapolis being an upcoming COVID-19 hotspot should “put the scare factor into everyone.”

Yet Braun also says Indiana is well-positioned to respond to the crisis.

The Hoosier lawmaker shared medical equipment data on a video conference Monday that the state has been unwilling to share.

“Roughly two weeks ago, we at that point had roughly 3,700 hospital beds with ventilators," Braun says. "So, we had a big cushion.”

State leaders have said they won’t release the number of ICU beds or ventilators Indiana has or will need.

Braun also says he supports extending social distancing guidelines through the end of April, saying he doesn’t want the state or country to backslide.

“And it’s a tricky dynamic in terms of how we do that and saving the economy and making sure that we don’t do irreparable damage to it,” Braun says.

Braun says disaster relief loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration should be available within the next week or two.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.