Gov. Tony Evers announces 'Badger Bounce Back' plan with phased approach to reopening state

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 11:46:53-04

WISCONSIN — Governor Evers announced the "Badger Bounce Back Program" on Monday, a phased plan that will guide Wisconsin toward reopening its economy.

The plan has three distinct phases that will gradually allow Wisconsin to get back to normal. It also sets specific requirements necessary to progress through those phases.

"Right now, Wisconsin does not meet the criteria the White House established to start reopening our state," Gov. Evers said Monday. "But with our Badger Bounce Back plan, we're going to be taking some important steps to get us there."

In order to advance to a new phase in the plan, Evers says Wisconsin must report a decrease in daily cases and symptoms reported for 14 straight days - also known as a 'downward trajectory.'

Here are the phases as explained in the governor's order:

The governor says the goal of the program is to decrease cases and deaths to a low level, and increase capacity in our healthcare system.

"Anyone who needs a test should get it," Evers said at a briefing Monday. The state has set a goal of 85,000 tests per week, meaning 12,000 per day.

The governor released more information on the expansion of testing earlier on Monday. That information can be found here.

Under the Badger Bounce Back Program, the state also plans to more aggressively track the spread of the virus, with the goal of interviewing everyone who tests positive within 24 hours of receiving their test result. Anyone they came in contact with will hopefully then be interviewed within 48 hours.

The state is pursuing every avenue when it comes to gaining more personal protective equipment. They are also working to expand the healthcare system capacity.

According to the press release, "When the state has seen these efforts be successful, Wisconsin can begin to turn the dial, re-open the state, and get businesses and workers back on their feet."

You can read the governor's full plan below:

Badger Bounce Back by TODAY'S TMJ4 on Scribd

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