Gov. Tony Evers announced Wisconsin’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
“The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed in part by the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again that was issued by the White House on April 16, 2020. Currently, Wisconsin does not meet the criteria the White House established to start reopening our state. The Badger Bounce Back plan takes important steps to get the state of Wisconsin there,” according to a news release from the Governor’s office.
The plan would require the following before ending the Safer at Home order:
- A downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period
- A downward trajectory of COVID-19-like cases reported within a 14-day period
- A downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period
- Robust testing procedures in place
- The ability to treat all patients without crisis
To achieve this, the governor set a goal of performing 85,000 tests per week – about 12,000 per day. The state currently has the capacity to test just over 7,000 tests per day. He also said the government would hire 1,000 new staff to work on contract tracing for each case of COVID-19 to “make sure everyone is contacted and has what they need to safely isolate and quarantine.”
Each phase would slowly allow more people to gather at once and allow more businesses to open their doors. During a press conference, the governor did not give a timeline for when each phase would happen or when he envisioned businesses could begin to open their doors.
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