Positions and Endorsements
A smarter, safer COVID-19 response in Michigan
By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township
Saginaw County families and residents across Michigan deserve a state government that
listens and answers to them. Not one that lacks transparency and accountability.
Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court rightfully ruled to restore the voice of Michigan
residents by confirming that our state’s COVID-19 response needs to be a collaborative effort.
With the resumption of co-equal branches of government, my colleagues and I in the
Legislature have acted swiftly on developing a detailed plan giving the people of Michigan more
certainty and control in these challenging times. The plan relies on science-based, county-level
data to guide decision-making, keep people healthy and determine appropriate COVID-19
Over the past seven months, I have listened to thousands of Saginaw County families
whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the state’s one-size-fits-all response to this
crisis. They demand more certainty, clearer guidance and transparency in decision-making – not
more unilateral, statewide mandates.
The plan we’re working on has been put together by looking to best practices in other
states in consultation with Michigan medical and science professionals. County-level data – not
regional or statewide – will drive each community’s response to COVID-19. This will empower
residents and local health officials to develop community-based strategies and it will enable a
much more rapid response to better protect Michiganders in every corner of the state.
When data supports it, local health officials would have the discretion to modify COVID-
19 policies and restrictions locally, so long as health data remains below certain thresholds that
would trigger statewide intervention strategies. Proposed health thresholds allowing local
decision-making would be based on five clear scientific metrics:
Case rate. The number of confirmed community spread cases over a 14-day
period is below 55 cases per 1 million people.
Positivity rate. The rate of positive tests related to community spread over a 14-
day period must be below 5 percent.
Surge and hospital capacity. Hospitals must be able to handle a 20 percent surge
in admissions or patient transfers, and they must be below a 25 percent
hospitalization increase in the previous 14 days.
Sufficient PPE supply. Local health facilities must have at least a two-week
supply of personal protective equipment on hand.
Ability to test for COVID-19. Counties must be able to test 15 people per 10,000
residents per day, and turn around test results in three days or less.
The health of Michiganders should never be politicized – and this plan ensures politics
has no place in determining the state’s response to COVID-19. Under this plan, Saginaw County
residents will know when and why decisions are made. There will be no surprises or confusion –
only transparency and accountability.
By empowering people and listening to science, Michigan will have a smarter, safer and
improved response to the virus as we move forward to better days ahead. As your state
representative, I remain committed to working with the governor and her administration to
correct the past wrongs and get a sensible, achievable plan across the finish line.
2020 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN ENDORSEMENT UPDATE
I am pleased to announce that my re-election campaign for the 94th District of the Michigan House of Representatives has officially received several very significant endorsements ranging from core value positions on Life and Liberty, to policies that help local family businesses, including, agriculture, tourism, and a positive economy, education, and much more.
These endorsements should help provide you a clear understanding of where I stand on a wide range of issues. Additional details about my positions and my qualifications to be an endorsed candidate may be be found on the websites of the organizations below.
My complete list of endorsements to-date now includes:
● Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
● County Road Association – Roads+™
● Home Builders Association of Michigan – Friends of Housing
● Michigan Credit Union League
● Michigan Fraternal Order of Police
● Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association
● Michigan State Medical Society MDPAC
● Police Officers Association of Michigan
● Saginaw Board of Realtors®
● Michigan Bankers Association - Friend of Banking