First combat-disabled, veteran-owned US distillery makes hand sanitizer for coronavirus fight

4/9/2020 5:27:00 AM

As soon as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hotel Tango Distillery in Indiana -- the first combat-disabled, veteran-owned distillery in America -- stopped making liquor and started making hand sanitizer.

He served as a Team Leader in Charlie Company, Second Platoon during his third tour.The artisan distillery, the first to open in Indianapolis since, has produced more than 2,000 gallons since mid-March, when the first run of sanitizer was bottled.Hotel Tango sent its sanitizer to more than 30

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locations on the frontlines, from medical facilities to deployed military units.Hand sanitizer has been one of the best directives in the COVID-19 fight. (Hotel Tango Distillery)Thirty more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the state’s death toll during the pandemic past 200 as its confirmed coronavirus cases neared 6,000, state health officials said Wednesday.

The 30 new deaths reported Wednesday raised Indiana’s deaths to 203 and represented the second-largest tally of deaths the  has reported to date in its daily pandemic updates, following the 34 deaths it reported Tuesday.The department has said that the additional deaths it reports each day occurred over multiple days.

As soon as the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hotel Tango Distillery, the first combat-disabled, veteran-owned distillery in America, stopped making liquor and started making hand sanitizer. (Hotel Tango Distillery)Hand sanitizer has been a valuable -- and hard to find -- tool in the COVID-19 fight.

One of the best ways to prevent spreading the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds, and getting it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off.

Hotel Tango Distillery sent its sanitizer to over 30 Indiana locations on the frontlines from medical facilities to deployed military units. (Hotel Tango Distillery)CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWBarnes is grateful to give back and for all the help he’s gotten along the way.

"I'm most proud of the people on our staff, there hasn't been any hesitation from day one. We've seen people step up every day in extraordinary ways. I hope we can continue to help each other, support our neighbors and come out of this thing stronger than before," he added.

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