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Midwestern governors work to re-open states

NOW: Midwestern governors work to re-open states

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY— 7 Midwestern states have made a partnership to try and reopen the regional economy as soon as possible.

While wanting to continue to protect people and flatten the curve, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Kentucky are all working together.

They want to open things up after a consecutive 14 days of decreasing positive cases and people with symptoms and when hospitals aren’t as overwhelmed.

To make this happen they want to phase in different sectors of the economy when four factors are in the green:

  • when the rate of new hospitalizations and cases are controlled
  • testing and tracing the virus is easier to access
  • healthcare systems are prepped in case of a resurgence
  • and the best practices for social distancing in the work place are employed.

Once these happen local bars, restaurants and other businesses can begin to open up.

The owner of Center Stage Pizza, Doug Michael, says he want’s to see customers be able to dine in yet he doesn’t want to risk anyones health just to open a few weeks early.

“Business has gotten tremendously slower. Tuesday for example, I only had one sale. So I have mixed feelings” says Michael, “I guess it is a positive as long as we don’t get a flare up. Again, I’d hate to shut down the state again for another 3 to 4 weeks again after being open for two weeks.”

All 7 governors believe phasing in sectors versus reopening all at once is the best option.

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Jennifer 43 days ago
I have families and friends that will miss me. And to put me back in workforce right now is murder. Your killing someone you can't bring back. You will be murdering someone. You have no plans to protect the worker's in factory. And people are social creatures. They don't understand social distancing. You will see people around you not doing it cause it's Their nature. Humans are very social creatures. I praise the governor of Michigan for her lockdown. I'm sure many do. She's doing what's right look on her eyes. She does care.
Jennifer 43 days ago
I want to live this is deadly.
Jennifer 43 days ago
We should wait awhile. Do u want people to vote on it electronically online? I think we should wait a little bit
Jennifer 43 days ago
They send people home to qurantine those people have to shop. It's asinying how store Post signs that way if your sick stop. Now how do u expect then sick people to eat and care for themselves? Has anyone thought about this. My point is they infect other's. Even if they use social distancing that virus stays airborne for hours. And on surfaces for several days. So we need to figure this out my theory here has fallen on deaf ears.
Jennifer 44 days ago
I wouldn't reopen right away if I was you. The death toll would be catastrophic. If you did you would calapse the economy for sure. Right now every thing is frozen it's not going to hurt to wait. Allow testing to come along first. And actually qurantine people so they can be cared for not out at stores infectiing other how else do they eat. We all know this is happening. The infected have to eat to. So we need special facilities to qurantine them. Separate from our normal hospital. Doesn't the army and other military have medics why can't we share some to help out.
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