Governors in states like Illinois and New York have given serious consideration to the idea of re-opening region-by-region. So why is Tony Evers opposed to such a measure?
The answer is a little more complicated than you might think. For Governor Evers, it’s about risk-mitigation, and he’s right. Sourced from reporting in Lake Geneva News, when pressed with his hesitation on the idea of opening minimally-impacted regions of Wisconsin before others, “The governor pointed to Brown County, where the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew from 292 to 849 over the course of one week, as an example of how quickly coronavirus can spread in a community and a warning against quickly removing restrictions.”
According to the Governor, “An outbreak in a rural area where access to health care is already limited and health care resources are scarce could have the potential to severely overwhelm local governments and local health care workers. We don’t want that to happen.”
While some in the state’s legislature question the Governor’s commitment to the struggling economy, the reality is that such measures are too premature and unpredictable. On Monday, Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said “that the virus is still spreading in the state and that one county, Manitowoc County, reported its first coronavirus death Monday.”
The Governor remains adamant that he’s as big a proponent of kickstarting the Wisconsin economy as anyone, but he can’t ignore “advice from state health leaders,” that forcing an early re-opening “would pose too much of a risk to public health.”
You can read more about the ongoing debate about social distancing and Evers’ stance here.