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INDIANAPOLIS — The United States’ top doctor is calling Indianapolis an “emerging hotspot” for COVID-19.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams posted the statement on Twitter saying in part, “We must now focus on flattening the curve and raising the bar in emerging hot spots like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Miami, and Indianapolis.”

According to Indiana State Health Department, nearly 8,500 Hoosiers have been tested for coronavirus. As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 1,232 positive cases have been identified in the state.

“We have the playbook, – but we must all increasingly run the plays faster and better as #COVID19 spreads the field,” Adams said online.

Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered Hoosiers to hunker down last week with a two-week shelter-in-place order as state health officials continue to provide daily updates on COVID-19 cases in the state.