Governor Evers called in to the MMAC/MCW weekly webinar this morning and provided greater detail on the Badger Bounce Back plan to re-open Wisconsin’s economy in phases.
Evers said the state’s metrics are aligned with both the White House and CDC recommendations and include a 14-day decline in Covid-19 cases and reaching the goal of providing 85,000 tests a week. He added that contact tracing will be very important; the state is hiring 1,000 individuals to do that work. “We need to box in the virus, not people,” he said.
WEDC CEO Missy Hughes will take the lead role in working with business, developing an understanding of how to curtail transmission in the workplace. Evers said there may be chance that some areas [of the economy] will be able to re-open prior to May 26, but emphasized it will be “slow, thoughtful and safe.”
“We are counting on folks that are opening back up to do the best they can to be safe and remain safe,” said Evers. He identified this area as one where MMAC members can help.
Opening some geographic areas of the state before others also is a possibility, but many factors are at play. While some smaller towns – especially in the state’s northern counties — have few cases, they also have the fewest resources to respond to a surge and may have a more susceptible, older population.
In terms of setting May 26 as the date restrictions could be lifted, Evers said, “In terms of the metrics, we have a long way to go. If we [get there] sooner, we celebrate. I’m confident the things we are doing will lead to success…and MMAC can help us think through this.”