Thursday, April 16, 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer Spearheads Regional Plan to Phase State Reopenings

Some good news for Michigan in the sense that regional states will slowly start working together to open up their economies. As governors, they are not jumping to open all at once in a hazardous manner but testing the waters in a way that will allow for rolling back if cases begin to creep up. Its important to realize that because of the risk of regional cross-infection, coordination among a number of states is helpful.

The list of Governors involved in the process....

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D), Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D)

I'm sure there will be lots of new details to come about the specifics. It would appear a plan is being created and it will likely may include workplace safety, testing, hospitalizations, etc... Using these "dashboard" approaches helps to view the virus from multiple perspectives. It also allows for the ability to monitor and roll back portions as a team.

Making those "dashboards" public could improve transparency and trust in government. It will also open it up to researchers. They may also consider a temporary website where regional issues are raised.

There appears to be some grouping of Republicans and Democrats in recent communications over the past few days. Bipartisanship, coordinating with the Federal Government, and Coordinating with Congress is important to successfully navigate a complex issue. Keeping in mind that crisis situations sometimes require quick action but that long-term solutions are typically best in collaboration (War n Peace). We all sink or swim together! Our deaths were limited because we did work together. Now is not the time to digress into partisanship.

You can read the press release on Governor's site here.....,9309,7-387-90499-526088--,00.html

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