Mayor Bennett discusses Terre Haute’s response to COVID-19

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett provided an update Wednesday to the city’s response to COVID-19 so far.

Union Hospital has confirmed the only three cases of coronavirus within Vigo County.

Mayor Bennett acknowledged there could be more cases without confirmation, but so far he believes his community has responded well.

“I’m just thankful that so far it hasn’t been a big hit on our community like we’ve seen in some communities,” he said. “Hospitals are ready, they’re standing by. Doctor’s offices, everybody wants to be helpful.”

Bennett said as the outbreak continues, he has stayed in contact with state and federal officials.

“We get information, it’s almost hourly. I’m sitting in on conference calls, we get e-mails,” he explained.

While the country continues to attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, Bennett said local businesses and especially smaller ones may take a hit.

“A lot of small businesses, especially small restaurants or coffee shops, they don’t make a lot of money anyway. You know, they turn just enough for profit to be in business,” Bennett said.

Bennett encouraged employees and business owners to utilize resources such as unemployment during this time. For those who are unsure about where to go next, he said there are local resources to help.

“If you’re not sure who to call, the Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center here in Terre Haute have done a great job of getting that information out,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he has been happy to see his city rally together through this outbreak, and continues to ask the community to socially isolate to limit COVID-19’s impact.

“We’re going to get through this,” he said. “We’ve just got to make sure we have a minimal impact in our community. That’s the goal.”

The mayor also said on Wednesday he received a phone call from Senator Todd Young, who wanted to know how things were going in Terre Haute.

Bennett also took time to thank all workers who have stepped up during this pandemic.

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