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As President Trump declared that he would leave the process of reopening the economy up to the states (with input from federal officials, of course), the Washington Post was releasing a 'leaked' report outlining a plan drafted by CDC and FDA that's essentially a guide for local officials about how to go about reopening the economy.
And in contrast to the 'guidelines' released by the governors of California and Oregon, which seemed to imply that the process of reopening the economy could take as long as the rest of the year, if not longer, the administration plan offers a somewhat more realistic timetable.
The plan has been seen and discussed by members of the White House coronavirus task force. But remember, this is only a piece of what is supposed to be a more comprehensive framework that each governor can adjust to their liking. A federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity with WaPo said the final plan will have 8 parts; this document represents only 2 of them.
The first part of the phased reopening would focus on schools, daycares and places where "children are cared for."
The plan lays out three-phases: Preparing the nation to reopen with a national communication campaign and community readiness assessment until May 1. Then, the effort, through May 15, would involve ramping up manufacturing of testing kits and personal protective equipment and increasing emergency funding. Then staged reopenings would begin, depending on local conditions. The plan does not give specific dates for reopenings but specified "not before May 1."The process of a managed reopening will take much longer than 30 days: in fact, the administration expects there will be "some level" of government involvement until a vaccine is finally developed.
The document also says that during phased reopenings, it is critical to strictly follow recommendations on hand-washing and wearing face coverings in group settings.A tiered approach is outlined in the document: a "moderate exposure" phase-in for former "hotspots" like New York" and a "low exposure" plan that will take things back to normal more quickly in communities where the virus never really spread widely. In the "moderate" track, schools could reopen, but with certain social distancing rules like no sports, and no assemblies.
Earlier, the White House released a companies that it is consulting as it prepares the rest of its reopening plan. The list included the following:
To move ahead with reopening, communities must meet the following standards:
The document calls for the CDC to establish a Covid-19 Response Corps to help state and local health departments with key public health functions, including contact tracing, which involves locating people who may have had contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.Now we wait for the "more detailed" "finalized" plan. Will it arrive before May 1? That will be an important cue looking forward.