The correct way to reopen from COVID-19 quarantine

A position paper released by the American Enterprise Institute cites the following triggers for moving into state-by-state reopening which they refer to as “Phase II.”:

A state can safely proceed to Phase II when it has achieved all the following:

• A sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days,

• Hospitals in the state are safely able to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without resorting to crisis standards of care

• The state is able to test all people with COVID-19 symptoms, and

• The state is able to conduct active monitoring of confirmed cases and their contacts.

As of April 28, 2020 it is clearly apparent that none of these conditions has been met in Michigan. It is premature to lift the quarantine restrictions.