I think Gov. DeWine has done a great job so far in a very difficult situation. In Sunday’s paper, Sen. Roegner states it’s time to reopen Ohio’s economy and that may be true. She references the president’s "Opening Up America Again" plan in which the administration deftly hands off critical components of the battle to state governments. Those requirements for states are detailed below, copied from the White House website:
Core State Preparedness Responsibilities
- Testing and contact tracing:
Ability to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites for symptomatic individuals and trace contacts of COVID+ results;
Ability to test Syndromic/ILI-indicated persons for COVID and trace contacts of COVID+ results;
Ensure sentinel surveillance sites are screening for asymptomatic cases and contacts for COVID+ results are traced (sites operate at locations that serve older individuals, lower-income Americans, racial minorities, and Native Americans)’
- Healthcare system capacity:
Ability to quickly and independently supply sufficient Personal Protective Equipment and critical medical equipment to handle dramatic surge in need;
Ability to surge ICU capacity;
Protect the health and safety of workers in critical industries;
Protect the health and safety of those living and working in high-risk facilities (e.g., senior care facilities);
Protect employees and users of mass transit;
Advise citizens regarding protocols for social distancing and face coverings;
Monitor conditions and immediately take steps to limit and mitigate any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on severity.
So due to the administration’s abject failure in making tests available and its disinterest in contact tracing, the states are left to figure it out. To that I say, let us see the plan from the state government that addresses all of these items, before we open up.
Tim Fry, Hudson