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Wisconsin still lacks pandemic response plan

Scott Robert Shaw

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What is the proper way to respond to a pandemic? There are no shortage of opinions about that. Shut everything down, or go about business as usual? Wear a mask in public or not wear a mask. Even the experts are divided. Wisconsin had a plan for dealing with the pandemic. It was called the Badger Bounce Back Plan, and it forced the closure of schools and businesses deemed non-essential. It called for slowly reopening things when testing numbers went up and case numbers went down. But the Supreme Court threw out that plan, and suddenly Wisconsin was left without any plan for the pandemic. Legislative leaders in Madison who were upset with the Governor’s order failed to come up with their own plan, so individual counties were left to decide whether any restrictions should remain in place. Surely one answer must be better than the others. Wisconsin lawmakers should study the science and determine what government response best slows the spread of the virus. They should formally adopt a pandemic response plan now, before we have to go through this again, so that we know what the best practices are for keeping us safe.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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