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

Drew Daudelin
IPB News

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 Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration later refuted.

READ MORE: Indiana Releases Specific ICU Bed, Ventilator Numbers

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.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story quoted U.S. Sen. Mike Braun saying Indiana had 3,700 hospital beds with ventilators. He was incorrect. State officials say Indiana has 1,940 ICU beds and 1,177 ventilators.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.