Lee Chatfield discusses plan for re-opening state

Apr 21, 2020

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Republicans released plans for addressing the state’s response to COVID-19 Monday.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield

The plans would regionalize the state’s approach to shutdowns and adherence to the governor’s stay-at-home order.

The state house plan would break the state’s 83 counties into three tiers: those at highest, heightened, or standard risk for the spread of the virus.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield says Michigan has so far taken a one-size-fits-all approach, and that isn’t working.

“I’m from Northern Michigan and Northern Michigan hasn’t been impacted the same as Southeast Michigan. Our strategies need to recognize that,” he says.

Chatfield’s plan also creates a task force that would make recommendations ab out which counties should be in which tier of danger based on coronavirus deaths, hospital preparedness, and trajectory of cases among other factors.

A spokesperson for Governor Whitmer said she has already released a plan to coordinate with six other Midwest states on reopening the region's economy.