Gov. Whitmer: State planning 're-engagement' of economy

Posted at 8:35 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 19:26:23-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer listed today a set of four factors the state is looking at to "safely phase in the re-engagement of Michigan's economy."

Whitmer shared the list during a news conference on the state's response to COVID-19.

“Every day, we are writing the plan, so that we can re-engage safely at the appropriate time," Whitmer said.

"Because not one of us wants to go through this again. Not in a month, not in the fall. We want to avoid that at all costs.”

Whitmer said the state is closely examining "four different factors, and it’s not just limited to these four. But these are four that we know we’re going to have to take a look at."

Four "Re-engagement factors"

1. A sustained reduction in infection rate
2. Enhanced ability to test and trace COVID-19
3. Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence
4. Best practices in the workplace

“The re-engagement of our economy will likely come in phases, but we will get there," Whitmer said.

"There’s nobody who would rather be able to push a button and just return to life as normal, but no button exists in this environment."

"So we’ve got to be smart. We’ve got to have grit. We’ve got to pay attention to the science and stay united in this effort. We will get there together."

Watch the full news conference below: