Reopening schools and getting people back to work are the top priorities listed in a plan created by government officials to help reopen the country.
As President Donald Trump advocates for reopening the country, he will have some help on how to do so safely from a team led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to The Washington Post, an early draft of what reopening the country looks like indicates a phased approach to reopening child-care facilities, schools, summer camps, parks, faith-based organizations and restaurants in some parts of the country.
A federal official told the newspaper the overall plan titled “A Framework for Re-Opening America” has eight parts. The Post was able to obtain the public health portion, which accounts for two of the eight parts.
The health plan is divided into three phases beginning with preparation and communication efforts through May 1. After, there would be an increase in providing testing kits, personal protective equipment and emergency funding followed by staged reopenings.
The plan doesn’t provide any dates for the openings but said they will not happen before May 1.
During the reopenings, there will be recommendations including hand-washing and wearing face coverings in group settings.
Any community looking to reopen must meet four conditions, according to the plan:
- Incidence of infection is “genuinely low.”
- A “well functioning” monitoring system capable of “promptly detecting any increase in incidence” of infection.
- A public health system that is “reacting robustly” to all coronavirus cases and has surge capacity to react to any increases.
- A health system that has enough inpatient beds and staffing to rapidly scale up and deal with a possible surge in cases.
The plan states some leave of mitigation will be necessary until vaccines or broad community immunity is achieved.
According to the report, the first places that will likely reopen will be “low mitigation” communities where the virus never spread significantly. Trump has pointed out about 20 states that have avoided large-scale outbreaks.
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