Midwest governors announce partnership to coordinate reopening economies

Source: The Hill | April 16, 2020 | Zack Budryk

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Thursday announced the latest coalition of regional governors who will collaborate on a plan for reopening their states’ economies after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The alliance will include Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D), Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D).

“We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region,” the governors said in a joint statement.

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The governors said in the statement that they will make decisions on reopening based on a combination of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations, testing and contact tracing capacity, the ability of the state’s health care system to handle a resurgence and the extent to which workplaces can implement social distancing best practices.

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The coalition is the third one announced for the same purpose, following similar compacts between governors on the West Coast and in the Northeast.

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