Evers' 'Badger Bounce Back' Plan Offers Roadmap For Reopening State Economy
Criteria For Reopening Businesses Comes As State Announces 4,499 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases | Rob Mentzer
Gov. Tony Evers on Monday laid out a plan to reopen the state economy.
The roadmap, called the Badger Bounce Back plan, follows guidance released last week by the White House for safely relaxing social distancing requirements.The plan would allow Wisconsin businesses to reopen in several phases.
Phase one will allow gatherings of up to 10 people; restaurants to reopen with social distancing requirements; and will lift some restrictions on retailers. K-12 schools and child care centers would reopen at full capacity.
Phase three will allow all businesses and gatherings to resume.
But by current guidelines, even phase one is weeks away at minimum, and phase three could be much longer.
In order to enter the plan's first phase, Wisconsin would need to see a 14-day period of reductions in new infections; robust testing programs for those who need them, including health care workers; and hospitals would need to have the ability to treat all patients without crisis care.
"I believe if we (work) 24/7 ... we have a shot at doing that," Evers said. "We are very, very hopeful that we will get there."
Evers on Monday announced major advances in Wisconsin’s testing capacity.
Widespread testing is considered a key part of planning to safely ease social distancing requirements. Wisconsin has 36 labs performing COVID-19 tests, up from eight labs one month ago, Evers announced.
In addition to these efforts, 11 National Guard teams are serving a "rapid response role in hotspots and underserved areas of the state," the governor’s office said.
There are 4,499 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services announced Monday.
According to figures from DHS, 230 people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon.
DHS reports 1,211 people have been hospitalized because of the virus. That means at least 27 percent of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state have been hospitalized. DHS officials have said they don't know the hospitalization history of 19 percent of cases.
The number of positive test results increased by 153 people from Sunday to Monday.
Across the state, 46,603 people have tested negative for the virus so far. From Sunday to Monday, the number of negative test results increased by 1,280.
With recent increases in testing capacity, health officials are loosening restrictions on who can get tested, subject to the availability of testing supplies.
There are now confirmed cases in 65 of Wisconsin's 72 counties.
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