Laboratory Research Can Resume with Caution

On May 15th, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order allowing laboratory research to resume under stringent precautionary measures. She said this is just one more step toward reopening the Michigan economy and getting people back to work.

Research laboratories will reopen with a long list of new workplace safeguards including daily entry screening protocols for workers, redesigned work spaces and other social distancing directives, and policies for reporting symptomatic individuals. These new safety standards along with training on new disinfecting procedures and the use of PPE seem to be the new norm for every sector as they reengage their employees and go back to work.

“I want to thank Michiganders for doing their part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve,” Governor Whitmer said. “As we continue to reopen other industries across our state it’s critical to do so with care, patience and vigilance to ensure the progress we’ve made in slowing the spread of this virus is not compromised.”

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand