State Representative Tom Demmer in a recent Op-ed piece stated private citizens, healthcare professionals, business owners and government officials are offering thoughts and input on how to address both the public health emergency and the economic crisis we are facing.
Demmer said he is advocating for a regional approach to managing the situation. Demmer said it is not reasonable to expect the Illinois Department of Public Health to come up with 102 separate plans. Demmer is suggesting looking to local experts who are dealing with the virus in their areas.
The local officials would create a regional plan. According to Demmer, communication between regions as to what phase or level of restrictions they are in is one of the keys to the plan.
Demmer states there would be criteria for each county and region would have to take into consideration such as daily testing counts, local availability at hospitals, surge planning, supply levels and the like. But, he said he believes it is appropriate and responsible to empower those with “boots on the ground” in each county to choose and create their own plan.