(WXYZ) — The Governors of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky say they will work "in close coordination" to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.
.@GovWhitmer is joining with governors from Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky to coordinate re-opening efforts to protect workers and prioritize public health. Michigan's stay-home is in place through the end of April @wxyzdetroit— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) April 17, 2020
Gretchen Whitmer, Mike DeWine, Tony Evers, Tim Walz, JB Pritzker, Eric Holcomb, and Andy Beshear made the announcement in a joint news release.
It is largely up to state governors to decided how and when to open their economies. Last night @POTUS offered guidelines for re-opening in a 3-phase approach, detailed here in @AlanCampbellTV's report @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/OVVdKj4uFg— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) April 17, 2020
We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region. Here in the Midwest, we are bound by our commitment to our people and the community. We recognize that our economies are all reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them so hardworking people can get back to work and businesses can get back on their feet.
Today, we are announcing that Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky will work in close coordination to reopen our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health. We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protect families from the spread of COVID-19.
Our number one priority when analyzing when best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of our citizens. We will make decisions based on facts, science, and recommendations from experts in health care, business, labor, and education.
We will closely examine at least these four factors when determining when best to reopen our economy:
Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations.
Enhanced ability to test and trace.
Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence.
And best practices for social distancing in the workplace.
Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region. This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen all at once, or that every state will take the same steps at the same time. But close coordination will ensure we get this right. Over time, people will go back to work, restaurants will reopen, and things will go back to normal. We look forward to working together as one region to tackle this challenge together.”
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