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Local health officials say the containment of the coronavirus outbreak locally has led them to believe we should start thinking about opening up.


Paul Skowron is the CEO of Warner Hospital and Health Services and says a regional approach to reopening would be appropriate and believes the outbreak has led to lessons in business operating with proper precautions.



Getting back to our normal routines and when that can happen is on the minds of everyone and Executive Director of the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department, Dave Remmert, says any re-opening would have to be done responsibly.



Skowron is optimistic the Governor will take a regional approach to reopen the Illinois economy and feels antibody testing is going to a long way in determining who has had coronavirus but there's still a ways to go. He says in the meantime, it is time to plan to get back to work safely.



While fatality figures have been up the last week or so, Remmert points out, the penultimate indicator is the high point of fatalities.



Remmert says there should be some local decision making in re-opening and feels those who are most susceptible to this disease should be staying home.

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