Sen. Mike Braun addresses coronavirus concerns

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– More than 11,000 Hoosiers have been tested for COVID-19 and there are now more than 1,700 confirmed positive cases in the state of Indiana.

Sen. Mike Braun said the Hoosier state should prepare for the worst and learn from other states’ experience with the virus, such as New York.

“It needs to do everything that we’ve learned from what New York has had to learn the hard way because it was hit first,” he said. “So, I think in talking to the Governor and our agency heads….I feel comfortable that we’ll navigate through it and that our state has done what is necessary to confront it full on.”

He said test availability is top priority for lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

They expect for there to be an increase in the amount of positive cases as testing becomes more widespread. However, Braun said they don’t have an official timeline for when those tests will become more accessible.

“Until we fully get all the data in, most of the experts believe that we could have up to 3 to 5 times more cases. Out there that have not been tested,” Braun said.

He expressed that fully supports the President’s decision to extended the social distancing guidelines until April 30. He believes they’re necessary in order to flatten the curve.

“I think I also support that he has looked at this in a somewhat flexible way. The disease is the most important thing that we’ve got to conquer,” he said.

Braun emphasized that now is the time for hoosiers and the American public to come together and do their part to slow the spread.

“Stick with it,” he said. “We’ve invested three to four weeks in the guidelines like the health experts have told us to. We don’t want to backslide. I think the more we do that, the quicker we’ll come out on the other end.”

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