Trump Issues Three-Phase Plan To Reopen Economy

The Washington Post reports:

The White House released new guidance late Thursday afternoon for states to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the decisions up to governors to make on a statewide or county-by-county level.

The guidance, which will be formally announced during a 6 p.m. news conference, doesn’t lay out a specific timeline for relaxing social distancing restrictions. It lists a set of criteria — such as testing and hospital capacity — for state leaders to use in making their decisions.

On a conference call earlier Thursday, Trump told governors, “You’re going to call your own shots.” But he emphasized that the federal government will support the states, according to a person on the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the conversation.

ABC News reports:

“Phase one” calls on employers to telework where possible, return to work in phases, minimize non-essential travel and make accommodations for the vulnerable populations within the workforce. It calls on all vulnerable individuals to “shelter in place,” and when in public, all individuals should continue social distancing. However, a critical piece to this is the “gating criteria” that all states should achieve before they can move on to phase one.

This includes a “downward trajectory” of reported “influenza-like illnesses,” “covid-like syndromic cases” and “documented cases” or “positive tests as a percent of total tests” within a 14-day period, as well as the ability for hospitals to “treat all patients without crisis care” and have a “robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing.”