Gov. Whitmer to restart Michigan economy by regions, types of workplaces

“Masks will be ubiquitous in almost every workplace in Michigan,” said DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson, right, co-chair of an “economic recovery council” that is helping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer develop plans to reopen businesses.

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LANSING — Michigan workplaces that reopen in coming months won’t look like the ones that employees remember before the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her advisers made clear Monday. 

“Masks will be ubiquitous in almost every workplace in Michigan,” said DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson, co-chair of a 29-member “economic recovery council” that is helping Whitmer develop plans to reopen businesses despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

“Gloves and face shields will be in widespread use as well,” he said. 

In a news conference that previewed how Whitmer would restart the economy, the governor didn’t announce many details of her new “MI Safe Start” plan, which are expected to come later this week.

Instead, Whitmer laid out underlying data the state will use to phase in reopenings across eight regions and nine workplace types, depending on COVID-19 case counts and the risk for continued spread. 

The process could begin in the next week or two with residential and commercial construction firms and others that work outside, said Whitmer, who on Friday relaxed restrictions for landscapers and plant nurseries while extending her stay-at-home order through May 15. 

The state is also taking a “hard look” at the industrial manufacturing sector and when facilities like auto plants can reopen, she told reporters. 

“I will be guided by the data, not artificial timelines,” Whitmer said in a briefing at the Romney Building in downtown Lansing. “If we move forward and everything looks OK for a few weeks, we can look to expand it.”

Whitmer’s economic advisory council, co-chaired by retired Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, includes business, health care and labor leaders who have developed plans over the past month in consultation with experts at the University of Michigan. 

Decisions will be based, in part, on geography. Advisers have divided the state into eight regions based on employee travel patterns and the location of health care facilities. Risk in each region will be assessed based on COVID-19 case counts, health care capacity and ability to track contacts.

“This is really important, because the nature of hospital systems like my own and their capacity to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak varies significantly across regions across the state,” said Wright Lassiter III, current president and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System. 

Decisions will also be made on job type. Whitmer’s advisory team has identified nine job categories, ranging from offices to industrial manufacturing plants, and is working with the University of Michigan to develop risk scores for each. 

Risk factors include worker interactions (how often do employees interact with each other, the public or use shared tools?) workplace characteristics (do employees work indoors or outdoors?) and worker type (what are employee demographics and transit options?).

The advisory team is developing a list of best practices for each workplace type, Anderson said. Their recommendations, including what type of personal protection equipment should be provided to employees, is being reviewed by U-M occupational experts. 

“The basic idea is to phase in the restart of Michigan’s economy in regions of the state that appear to stabilize, generally starting that phase-in with the lowest risk workplace types and then expanding it over time, always deploying these new best practices,” Anderson said. 

Companies can reduce their risk score by adopting new protocols, including access controls, on-site temperature checks, restrictions on common spaces such as break rooms, frequent disinfection, personal protection equipment and facility-specific contact tracing and isolation procedures, he added. 

“The more urgent the pandemic risk and the more risky the workplace, the more cautious we’re going to be to reopen,” Anderson said. 

The Monday preview came as Republican leaders of the Michigan Legislature continue to urge Whitmer to relax business restrictions in light of the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 3,407 residents, as of Monday afternoon. 

GOP leaders have suggested the Legislature may not expand Whitmer’s emergency declaration, which is set to expire Friday, without additional changes.

That will “depend on how conversations go” with both Whitmer and President Donald Trump, House Speaker Lee Chatfield said earlier Monday in an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group. 

The state must continue to take the pandemic “seriously yet be more reasonable in our approach,” said Chatfield, R-Levering. “Michigan still has some very important steps we need to take before we extend this as a Legislature."

Whitmer contends she can continue taking emergency actions under a 1945 law that does not require legislative extensions. But that law does not include liability protections for public health workers, according to Whitmer, who is requesting a 28-day extension.

Earlier Monday, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a plan to reopen manufacturing, distribution, construction, retail businesses and offices in his state over the next two weeks. 

Ohio businesses that can reopen must adopt social distancing policies and require face coverings for all employees, clients and customers. Schools, restaurant dining rooms, hair salons, entertainment venues and gyms will remain closed for the time being. 

DeWine rejected calls for a regional approach to ease restrictions more in parts of Ohio with fewer cases. His new order will apply statewide.

Whitmer is in regular communication with DeWine and other Midwest governors but has rebuffed Michigan GOP requests to adopt a more flexible federal definition of “essential worker” already in use by Ohio.

While Michigan’s coronavirus curve has flattened, Whitmer noted that, earlier this month, the state had the third highest number of cases in the country despite having only the 10th largest population.

“Doing what everybody else was doing was not going to be good enough,” she said.

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Jim Pearson
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:22pm

Governor Halfwhit was slow to close and now is slow to re-open. There are only two things she is moving fast on- going on national television and arguing in favor of her continuing to have dictatorial powers. The debate no longer is about the cost to save lives- more people are dying from these policies than being saved. It's time to fight for life and end the shut down.

Cathy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:24am

American intelligence agencies warned Trump about the new coronavirus in “more than a dozen classified briefings” in January and February, which traced the virus’s spread, China’s downplaying of the threat, and “raised the prospect of dire political and economic consequences,” according to current and former U.S. officials. The warnings came via the President’s Daily Brief, a daily report that informs the president about significant global developments and potential security threats. As the president was receiving these intelligence briefings containing alarms about the impending global pandemic, however, Trump was publicly downplaying the virus as an actual threat.

duane
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 1:13pm

Cathy,
I surely don't know what you consider the 'intelligence' agencies, what was said, how it was said, or even how credible we should consider those agencies. What I have seen and heard the Drs. [Fauci, Brix, etc.] President Trump regularly meets with, I have seen the long-term and recent records of the 'intelligence' community and I have much more confidence in the Drs.
The other consideration is what constitutes a warning, is simply mentioning a rumor that China is concerned about a virus or this will be a pandemic as a warning..
Another consideration for me is how a country was at a dead stop [no recent experience with a pandemic, no virus, no test methods, no testing, no local stock pile of relevant medical supplies, no massive means to provide for the projected demand globally] to a full collaborative mobilization of the whole of the federal government, the moving of state governments, private industry, etc. And I overlay that with a government for the most recent years focus on investigations [that found nothing] culminating in impeachment of the President at the most critical time for learning about the virus. If any thing typifies this is as the President took action in January he was being berated by the Democrat leadership and the media 24/7.
With 20/20 hindsight we should expect to find flaws, but what we should be focused on is how to convert what we have learned into organizational memory to prevent or mitigate such a situation in the future.

Doc
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:40pm

You realize Trump was joking about the disinfectant, right? What are you drinking? Koolaid?

duane
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:37am

Doc,
If I were drinking the Koolaid, then I would be saying it was a 'joke', instead I talk about real events. I wonder what it will take for you to open you listening to what is being done rather then only hear what Maddow and her ilk are touting.
What you fail to understand, what Governor Whitmer has yet to grasp, is that the President and even a Governor's role is not to be the one who has the ideas, but it is to ask the questions and pick the best available idea. In the case you are focused on is a question that stretch the thinking of all in range of hearing the question. Where you and others thinking went down to the absurd while others, while others are putting uv LEDs inside the body to kill microbes, and those creating antiviral drugs to disinfect bodies of the Covid 19 by injecting or through digestive track. And the latest we have heard there is an antiviral showing success.

Maureen
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 3:02pm

You go, Duane!

Underreported
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 4:36pm

This is exactly what happened before 9-11 when W ignored the President's Daily Briefings with many warnings throughout August the month before the attack. I don't get it. Why do some people want to be president, but not do the work once elected? Trump treats the presidency like a reality TV show. Too much drama for me.

Hennington
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 8:55pm

DEBUNKED. I first saw this hoax about a month ago- on April 8 or 9 the Director of DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence tweeted out in response to this accusation that this story was utterly without merit and everything in it was wrong. This moron Underreported is referencing a story that references a story that references an 'unnamed source' (that doesn't really exist)- it's the same kind of 'evidence' that they've tried over and over on Trump. Underreported, you don't get it because you're an idiot, and the drama that you pretend is too much is the drama that you are spreading yourself- you're passing along a false report. Get your facts straight.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:19pm

Hennington,

So what you are saying is the aluminum tubes weren't from the 1980's, they were from the 2000's with US stamps on them?

aluminum tubes in Iraq

Copy and paste that into your favorite search engine.

Just listen to Colin Powell

colin powell on iraq and nuclear weapons

Punch that into your favorite search engine.

Anonymous
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:54pm

Cathy, you make a great point, and it once again shows how lucky we were to have Trump and not Clinton or Biden in charge. The Democrats- and Biden- are both on record as strongly opposing the measures that Trump did take. And the Democrats- and Biden- are strongly on record as having been against efforts by Trump to lessen our reliance on China and make China a more responsible world player. Biden's son in fact works for the Chinese. And Trump did far far far far more to combat this virus than Obama did to combat the swine flu- and the swine flu killed far far more lives. Your post once again demonstrated how lucky we are to have Trump- thank you!

Emoluments
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:38pm

Ivanka must have done something sweet as daughter to Trump and working at the WH to deserve her exclusive Chinese trademark rights.

Rick Raisen
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 5:18pm

Cathy, you are pushing a thoroughly debunked story here. I know the report that you are referring to- because like most idiots you've basically copied and pasted almost word for word the hoax. What you're referring to here is yet another one of those stories that was published by journalists relying on other stories by other journalists who eventually fall back on 'unnamed sources' as evidence. Meanwhile, there is extensive evidence of named sources proving the opposite of what you assert.

Col. R. Shane Day, Director of the NCMI, released a statement on April 8 that said- "As a matter of practice the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists."

Cathy, do you feel any shame for pushing these lies? When you publish and print thoroughly debunked lies, do you feel bad? When you go back and read my comments and do more research and discover just how wrong you are, are you going to apologize? You should really feel dumb because you're like over a month late in pushing this hoax, which has been circling for months now, gaining authority among Democrats because they repeat the lie and then reference other people repeating the lie and pretend that makes it truth. Cathy, you're wrong, and all your conclusions about politics and government are likely wrong.

Source: https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/04/28/827136/
https://twitter.com/wjhenn/status/1248045989497311232/photo/1

Hank Quayle
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:24pm

Why does she need another week to develop this plan? Has she been too busy going on national television shows and printing up tshirts and threatening residents? End the shutdown today.

Tired of BS
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:37pm

Yes, she's extremely busy, and you? What have you been doing? What are your credentials? Most of all who elected you? Now go change your diaper.

Dan Quayle
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 4:38pm

Hank, when is Trump going to invoke the Defense Production Act to get us the testing we need to reopen the economy?

middle of the mit
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 7:20pm

{{{Why does she need another week to develop this plan?}}}

Maybe because she actually takes daily briefings, listens and digests the information that they give her, and then consults the experts and other Governors that she has on speed dial nowadays to get their input and then tries to get your faction to agree? The latter being the most of her time taken during a week. That is getting you and your faction to agree.

{{{ Has she been too busy going on national television shows and printing up tshirts and threatening residents? }}}

She does a briefing a day, no less than the Commander in Chief. The news outlets seek her out, because SHE IS THE ONE IN CHARGE AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY. The difference? Have you ever heard her talk about her ratings? And really? How many minutes do you think a couple 15 minute interviews take out of her day? Half an hour? Max 2 hours?

And "That woman in Michigan" wouldn't be that woman in Michigan without the words that sometimes you say mean something and other times mean nothing, coming out of the Commander in Chiefs mouth.

And to that point: I live up north if you don't know. I did a grocery shop visit today. Half of the 10 or 12 employees weren't wearing masks. Most were wearing gloves but not all, and about 5 of the 40 people I saw in there weren't wearing anything. That is your faction. And of that faction, I heard half of them say they didn't want people from downstate coming up.

And when and what has she ever threatened you with? A fine if you don't take other peoples lives into account when you exercise your freedumbs? Take it up with the seat belt law. Want to keep going down the yellow brick road? Take it up with the insurance companies. Of course the seat belt law was meant to protect you from yourself or was it to protect others? Or was it to reduce insurance payments and protect people?

This why we have codes and rules and regulations.

When I went to check out, at a bin where you wait was a sign advertising hand sanitizer. You should know that you can't find any Lysol, or generic equivalent spray, wipes or anything of that such. There is bleach though. They were advertising bottles in what looked like 16oz glass bottles, maybe 20oz. For $17.99 a piece. The bin was full.

The sign said; For external use only

To the nuts
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 7:59am

Hank, you provide the proof that herd immunity is a failure.

Hank Quayle
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 11:50am

I can't provide proof that herd immunity is a failure. Herd immunity is the way that living organisms develop immunity from a virus. This is the way it's been done for millions of years. Attempting to shut down the entire world to try to stop a virus that is only slightly worse than the flu- now that's a new approach. I think that trying radically new approaches to old problems should have extensive research showing success, whereas demanding evidence of approaches that have worked for millions of years is silly. It's time to end the silliness.

Science
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:42pm

Hank, it didn't work so well for polio. So can it.

Hank Quayle
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 3:41pm

Great question! I had to search online to find an answer for you. According to Dr Manish Sadarangani, a disease like polio is less contagious, and 80-85% of the population would need to be vaccinated for herd immunity to work. On the other hand, a virus that is more contagious (like COVID) don't need that percent. The R0 for the coronavirus currently sits around 2 to 2.5, meaning that each infected person spreads the virus to an average of 2.2 others. Experts say that, given an R0 of 2 to 2.5, it would take at least 50% of the population developing immunity to achieve herd immunity.

In spite of our social distancing and shut downs, we may already be at about 20-30% herd immunity. So in spite of the best policies of government to prevent this solution, Americans have gotten close already- we just need to end the shut down.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:32pm

Hank Quayle,

Yeah, that worked so well during the black plague! And everyother pandemic until modern medicine.

When you start taking the policy of having people coming from door to door in towns yelling "Bring out your dead!" in the year 2020?

WE know who you are.

Quarantine is only a new word.... to you.

Go! Exorcise your freedumbs! Pass it on to YOUR LOVED ones.

And then take personal responsibility.

Anonymous
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 1:32am

RECALL WHITMER.

ALL FORMS OF SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM MUST BE KILLED.

TYRANNY MUST BE ELIMINATED.

RISE UP, PEOPLE. WE HAVE THE POWER.

Wondering
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 8:54am

What about the government cheese checks Trump is sending everyone with his big fat signature one them? Should Trump FINALLY be impeached for the SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST that he is? Sounds like you've been drinking some disinfectant.

Cathy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:28am

Anonymous - you just here to cause annoyance? That's the definition of a malcontent.

Revere
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 2:30am

All of you people supporting this order will regret it later when civil war inevitable happens and we (the people) do not protect you. You'll be left in the streets, calling for help, where you belong.
You useless, reasonless piece of dementia.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:35pm

And Bridge will post calls for uncivil war?

Do you hear who is calling for this?

Bek
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:47pm

Come on trump we know this is from you- who else would be dumb enough to write in all CAPS?

Greek Solution
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:43pm

LOVE IT! But we invented DEMOCRACY.

David Agnew
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 7:48am

Gov Whitmer needs to revamp her plan to take into account the fact that this virus is NOT as dangerous as previously anticipated. Follow the data. I calculated based on information from the Ingham County Health Dept website that 6.806% of all testing has proved positive. That means that approx 19,900 infections actually exist. The number of deaths is 10. That is a 0.05% death rate. From what I am seeing, those numbers are statistically the same everywhere you look all over the world.
Does that death rate warrant closing businesses and schools? Does that death rate warrant the loss of jobs? Does that death rate warrant the lifelong consequences of domestic violence, child abuse, and crime that is increasing because of this situation? I personally do not think so.

Truth Matters
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 8:56am

No, the virus is still exactly as dangerous as everyone thought. It's crazy talk like yours that will cause us to shut down the economy until there is a vaccine. You don't care about public health or the economy. You just want to pin a scandal on Gov Whitmer. Grow up.

Truth?
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:45am

What is the death rate for CVD? Please cite your references and calculations. I've heard 20% of those who contracted it at first so it that right?

LOL
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:38pm

What's that, Matt?

David Agnew
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 4:08pm

Gladly. Ingham County Health Department Website.
http://hd.ingham.org/DepartmentalDirectory/CommunicableDisease/Coronavirus(COVID19).aspx
Ingham Couty

Confirmed cases 369
Tested cases 5422
% of positive cases 6.806%
* note this data is short of the totals because the ICHD did not list the % of positive cases for all days that positive cases happened. Reference the pdf file which was updated 4/27.

Extrapolated to the whole county, that means…
population 292406
% of positive cases 6.806%
Actual infections 19902

If there is this many cases, than…
Total Deaths 10
Actual infections 19902
Death Rate: 0.05025%

The thing to think about here is the only real data we have that is accurate is the number of deaths. The number of cases is an estimate based on the % of positive tests verses all tests. The real question is how many people have it that were never tested? Once we get good anti-body testing available, then we can do some blind studies to check where that number is. Some tests have already been done but more need to be done to confirm. I read an article that in Massachusetts, 200 people who all claimed to not be experiencing symptoms were tested, and 64 tested positive. That is 32%. If that is proven accurate, than the death rate is even lower than we are calculating now.

When I compare these same calculations to the entire state, the death rate is still very low. I got these numbers from the Bridge dashboard!
% of tests are positive 27%
Population of MI 9,987,000
Total actual cases 2683902
Total Deaths 3407
Death Rate: 0.1269%

That means that if you contract the virus in the State of Michigan, you have a 99.8731% chance of surviving. I don't know about you, but that relieves my anxiety.

Now that is a snapshot in time. It is based on data collected from 3/31 to 4/25. The data hasn't changed much on a daily basis though. And you can look at this yourself. This means that there is no reason to think that the data will change - even if we are able to increase the amount of daily testing.
Again, in March, no one knew and the data said 3.5% death rate. Scary. All the Governors did the right thing. However, they need to recognize that it's time to change direction. That the threat is not there. The data tells us clearly that this thing is a whole lot of infections, very little death.

Anonymous
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 8:10am

You'd make a boring storyteller, but fiction suits you. Scientists still know very little about this new strain. However we do know:

1) Viruses mutate.

2) There is no proof that everyone is immune who had the virus. Some people have gotten ill more than once.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-25/catching-covid-19-may...

Those two facts alone blow apart all your armchair analysis. We have only blunted the curve. We are in just as much danger as we were months ago because the virus is highly contagious and deadly. So many people who talk like you and gather with others not taking precautions continue to spread the virus and have been killed by the virus. Seems like karma.

Agreed
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:44pm

It's funny how nothing has changed other than the stay at home order and perhaps the virus mutating, yet these morons thing the virus wasn't so bad or, even worse, still is no big deal. Well, morons, let me start by saying we already have about 60,000 US deaths and that was WITH almost everyone staying home. Also it's only been a couple of months that we have been trying to address this. Even if we continued sheltering in place, we would have far more deaths than in any full given year for seasonal flu. You GOP people are complete idiots when you say we should never have closed and should reopen immediately.

Tired of amateurs
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:06am

David, I hope we're in better hands than an armchair scientist calculating whatever he can find in between doing crossword puzzles sitting on the toilet and clipping his toenails. The governorship is an actual job and the state employs actual scientists who work with major universities and research facilities around the world. It's nice that you want to help, but I think we're good. BTW Don't you think we could use more confederate flag masks before we reopen the economy? Oh and please don't promote domestic violence, child abuse, and crime.

Extended Audition
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:05am

The Governor needs to extend her audition for a position in Biden's administration for as long as possible.

Hold your breath
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:53pm

Definitely, I agree that she'd be a great choice. Biden will wait until June to announce.

Cathy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 10:27am

23,000 more Americans tested positive today. 1.01 million have tested positive to date.
Another 1,400 Americans died today. Over 56,800 have died to date.
The U.S. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) now stands at 5.6%.
The U.S. case count has increased 27% over the past week, and the total U.S. death toll has increased by 34%. Our Governor has repeatedly shown prudent actions are saving lives. So, while the Oval Office fails us, we are on our own. Thank you Governor.

Matt
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:57am

You're not a teacher are you? You think everyone who had CVD got tested??? WE can be certain that this is not even remotely close to the number of people who contracted it. Your 5.6% number is nuts! Also please study logical fallacies especially "Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc". Of course most Whitmer Democrats suffer with this deficiency.

To Doo Fuss Matt
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:58pm

With due respect, you seem to suffer TDS. I trust you understand the malady. Now over 57,000 Americans are dead from COVID19 and the figures are UNDER COUNTED. Many people who die are never tested. THAT is by your own admission.

Revere
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 2:32am

Incorrect. The numbers are over counted. With the flu, underlying health conditions are blamed over influenza virus. With coronavirus, the coronavirus is deemed cause of death regardless of underlying health conditions.
You stupid, stupid, useless excuse for a human, learn to reason before it is too late. The death rate for coronavirus is now well established and is at best the same as influenza.
You idiot.
You stupid, reasonless idiot.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:43pm

What you are saying is that those with underlying conditions, those people would have died right then and there and the COVID-19 had nothing to do with it.

Yeah! That's what you are saying. But it DID HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT! Because they were living BEFORE THEY HAD the COVID-19.

It complicated their conditions WORSE than the flu. Have you ever seen this many deaths from the flu in 2and half months? NO! You haven't!

duane
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:48pm

Is it doctor middle of the mit now, proclaiming that everyone who has died with Covid 19 [tested positive] died from the virus. That would seem to include any who died in a car accident who had a stroke, cancer, was on dialysis and had kidney failure, was shot at close range, etc. are part of the Covid 19 modality rates. Drs. Fauci and Brix and other such experts tend to disagree, and believe that would distort the reality of the virus and responses.
By all indications [even the Chinese say December] Covid 19 was first formally recognize in December which would put the world into the 4th month and in the normal cycle of the flu is it peaks in December to February and will last to May.

middle of the mit
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:05am

The Governor has to walk a tightrope while threading a needle between a virus and a faction of a party that is lobbing rotten fruit and vegetables at her.

It seems the only assistance she will get is in making an alliance with regional Governors. Some not even from the same party as she or other Governors. Which tells me who is making this pandemic political.

There is still a nagging question in the back of my mind right now. With meat packing plants around the nation closing down because of this virus, how do those who want to open things up think things are going to go when places that are open now are closing down because of that virus?

Also, just because the numbers are going down now doesn't mean it is gone. Open up and they will rise again.

I did see a key word or phrase in the article. I could use just one word and will, but so as to not take it out of context.

{{{Whitmer contends she can continue taking emergency actions under a 1945 law that does not require legislative extensions. But that law does not include liability protections for public health workers, according to Whitmer, who is requesting a 28-day extension.}}}

Did you see the word or words in that phrase? Mitch McConnel did.

https://politicalwire.com/2020/04/27/mcconnell-demands-liability-protect...

{{{“As he reaffirmed the Senate will return May 4, McConnell said that without protection from lawsuits, business owners could end up with years of legal claims over their efforts to restart the economy.”}}}

But if the virus isn't as bad as health professionals are saying, what would they need protection from?

And what about us? The workers and customers?

Ohh! That is who the Governor is protecting?

Thank you Governor Gretchen for thinking about us too!

Now if we could get large businesses who are already sitting on tons of cash because of " The best economy the world has seen in the last 4 years or ever" and 4 years of tax cuts, to stop taking money from the small business fund the Feds rolled out, we could be helping those who need the help and not padding shareholder pockets.

But that isn't Governor Gretchens' job. Is it?

middle of the mit
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 5:44pm

Addendum: Just this morning I was reading a blog and came across a screen shot from twitter. I can't copy and paste so I will do the work.
This was posted by restaurant owner in Georgia:
"It's not a stupid move on Kemp's part. On the contrary, it is very calculated.
Here is the deal. Kemp mandates restaurants open whether I open dining rooms or not.
I file for business interruption insurance, it does not go through since I am able to operate at full capacity.

My landlord can demand all of their money since I am allowed to operate. Furloughed staff that is collecting unemployment insurance have to come back or I have to let them go. Their unemployment insurance then goes on my tab. if things blow up again, they are still on my tab not the States, since they are no longer employed.

Guys, this is about screwing the working class and small business, not about helping us.///////

Read some of the comments. Down with COMMIE GRETCHEN! There is even one complaining that she didn't close fast enough, but then complains because she waited too long to open up. Does that make sense at all? When should she have opened up? 2or 3 weeks ago when we just hit peak?

Meanwhile the President is telling meat factories that he is going to use a War times power to force meat packing companies to stay open, while their factories and workers are covered in COVID-19. And somehow he has all the PPE corporations could ask for, but none for doctors and nurses who were dealing without for a month or so?

And who is going to take those jobs? You? Your children (working age)?

Unless we are forced to do it by not having anything left and no way other than that to put food on the table. Is that force? Comparing what I see on some "News networks" they would call it patriotism. But then they wouldn't ever be caught doing that work.

But staying at home to keep other safe is slavery. Then why aren't they in studio?

Bingo!
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 4:49pm

Excellent post, Middle.

Cathy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:20pm

And now - some apropos for all the hell with precautions and safety;
Wisconsin Primary Voters Receive ‘I Voted’ Gravestones
Parishioner of Louisiana Church That Defied Virus Lockdown Dies From COVID-19, But Pastor Claims It’s a Lie (doubt it)
A Virginia pastor who made headlines for rejecting social distancing guidelines by continuing to hold Sunday church services has died of COVID-19
I could site more but you get it.

Enough GOP Taliban
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 1:01pm

Cathy, to all those ignoramuses, I say rest in hell.

Whitmer Drones
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 2:06pm

I love how the same fools who show up on EVERY SINGLE post spewing the same nonsense about what a GREAT job the governor has been doing. Let's get one thing straight: If you want to stay at home for the rest of your days mooching off of the state dole - have at it. NOBODY is making you work. The fact is most of you don't ANYWAY so this is not a big change of pace for you. That's why you happily sit around and cut/paste your CNN propaganda on every comment board that will have you. Maybe you get $.10 per post, I don't know or care. I get it: "ORANGE MAN BAD," mmmkay?

I (and many like me) WANT to go back to work and am NOT worried about getting it. I have the antibodies. I suffered through this in December. It sucked (like all sickness) and I'm fine now. You and your ilk can stay home and lick the boots of this tyrant until the end of time. I need to provide for my family... and I will.

FYI
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 7:28pm

Trump said Georgia was acting too quickly.

To cranky
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 7:30pm

Somebody needs a nap. Try camomile.

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:56pm

Go ahead patriot! Do what YOU want. If you pass it on to your friends and relatives and they become deathly sick?

Personal responsibility!

How should you held accountable?

Sandy
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 3:35pm

It is reassuring that Whitmer is taking a thoughtful approach to re-opening and utilizing Michigan's industry, health care and academia in developing a plan.

Shawnie
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 9:43am

Gov Whitmer is doing a good job... so far. You have to realize that no one is ever going to be happy with the governors and never will. Always have people protesting our govs. Also those who were furloughed during this hard time are angry, and that's understandable... and we sympathize but isn't your and your family lives are more important than jobs? Keeping a house over your and their heads would be completely moot if you're dead! Be thankful she's being proactive over that dunce we call as our President. If you want to be angry, be angry at him... for his failure to warn and prepare us the entire year they have known about this crisis.

duane
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 11:20am

President Trump 'is doing a good job... so far. You have to realize that' not 'one is ever going to be happy with the' President and many 'never will'. 'Always have people protesting our' Presidents. 'Also those who were furloughed during this hard time are angry, and that's understandable... and we sympathize but isn't your and your family lives are more important than jobs?' 'Keeping a house over your and their heads would be completely moot if you're dead!' 'Be thankful' he's 'being proactive over that dunce we call' Democrat leaders Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, Clinton. 'If you want to be angry, be angry at' Schiff... for his putting the whole of the countries focus on impeachment.
The President was responsible enough to be taking briefings during the impeachment [which involved the whole of the government] to make decisions and take actions to beginning the closing of boarders and quarantines.
It seems the Governors have all been following Trump, they have been begging or whining for supplies that States were to have inventories, or berating him for partisan [getting on the VP list]. I think what you say isn't wrong, you simply let you partisanship allow you to see reality, I know how difficult it is to open you mind, I was raise a 'yellow dog Democrat' so I know the struggle to let it go and begin truly listening and seeing the real world.

Truth
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 7:38pm

Duane, that's one long delusional rant. Can you organize your thoughts better?

Trump had DAILY PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFS warning about the pandemic which he ignored; he saw what was happening in other countries and instead of acting, he LIED to us. He was only interested in protecting the stock market/his chances at reelection. He tanked BOTH. Said it would be gone by Easter, only one case, maybe no deaths. Now over a million cases and 60K deaths, it would have been much worse if governors like Whitmer didn't take courageous action.

You're on the wrong side of history, my friend.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 3:57pm

Truth,
What are your view on how Shawnie' organized her thoughts?

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:00pm

duane has a "perception problem". duane believes whatever he perceives.... to be the truth.

I like to call it the duane/conservative/perception paradox.

duane
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:46am

middle,
I don't believe your paradox has received broad distribution so you may want to restate it so this audience can better understand your comment, otherwise you risk having it dismissed.
You already know my view on your paradox, when I described to you how it failed in a most public test, so your comment carries no weight to me, but I do like to see you are still on Bridge and reading.

Maureen
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 3:18pm

No people have not liked a President and gone after one the way the Dems have gone after Trump. It has been insane what he has had to endure. And because he's strong, he's done it, but he looks to be a little tired these days. I feel so badly for what he has gone through. We have never done that to another President - ever. They should be ashamed of ruining what could have been one of the greatest presidencies (is that a word?) ever by doing nothing while in office but trying to get him out. He should be applauded for having to put up with all the crap they have thrown. A weaker man could not have survived.

Tess
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:02pm

Maureen, I totally agree as a Republican educated woman voter! He has not been given a fair shake at all, yet has managed to accomplish a lot. The Democrats have set him up for failure from day 1... and they have no shame in doing so. After this has come to light about General Flynn... I will be steadfast in my support of Trump 2020 and beyond. I didn't like Obama or Bush, however; I would never have disrespected either of them as the media, Democrats, and others have disrespect for President Trump. Trump 2020!!!

Revere
Thu, 04/30/2020 - 2:34am

Good job? At what, being a tyrant?
Yes, Stalin would love her.
Revere would be riding his horse through the streets warning of her approach.
She is a tyrant and must be treated as such.
We must make sure that her tyrannical actions follow her for the rest of her attempted career.
We must destroy her for the sake of all that is American.

Concerned
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 4:29pm

Why does Bridge allow violently-worded posts like this? This person is talking about a hero of a violent revolution and using it to justify "destroying" a political enemy. The above post is advocating for achieving political goals through violence, AKA terrorism. Why is it allowed when every post is supposedly approved by admins?

Besides, why would you want your news organization's articles to be adorned with trashy rants that doesn't even add to any sort of worthwhile conversation?

Ann M
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 6:37pm

How about you take it County by County! You are punishing certain Counties by linking them together thus businesses are suffering because that a choice you are making and for what reason! You have ruined the state of Michigan tourist wise, economy you name it it's on you or was that the Democratic plan all along!!

Jj2020
Sun, 05/10/2020 - 9:25am

I really would like to make an educated comment on this thread but there seems to be none so far?
Machiavelli
"Never attempt to win by force what you can achieve through deception"
Everyone needs to take a chill pill and figure out how we ALL get through this together. There seems to be a lot of name calling and mud slinging by people who have zero intellectual competence on any of the discussions at hand. Please look at all sides of every arguement and not just call people names because you have a different view or opinion.