What Is the Badger Bounce Back Plan?

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By Pat Kreitlow

May 15, 2020

Learn more about the metrics that show progress against the coronavirus pandemic

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services description:

The Badger Bounce Back is Wisconsin’s plan to decrease COVID-19 cases and deaths to a low level and increase capacity in the Wisconsin health care system so that a phased reopening of businesses and activities is possible.

But once we have more flexibility to interact more and get back to work, we will need to aggressively test people for COVID-19, properly isolate people who test positive and quarantine their close contacts. The shift we are making is from “boxing in” all the people to “boxing in” the virus.

None of these steps is possible without the others.

  • Positive lab tests require timely contact tracing to be sure people quarantine when ill.
  • Personal protective equipment is required to conduct lab tests and to protect health care workers.
  • Tracking the spread of the disease is required to understand our health care needs.

Wisconsin has seen a decrease in the exponential growth in the number of cases since Safer at Home was put into place on March 25.

  • Wisconsin’s rate of doubling of infections was 3.4 days in early March before Safer at Home.

Limiting physical contact between people is the best strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it is saving lives. Wisconsinites need to continue this work to keep flattening the curve.

  • There are no medical treatments or vaccines that can slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The only strategy we have to slow the spread is to limit physical contact between people.
  • Changing this strategy now without implementing the strategies in the Badger Bounce Back plan would result in a surge of cases.

Click HERE to see a 2-page pdf document describing the Badger Bounce Back plan in detail.


  • Pat Kreitlow

    The Founding Editor of UpNorthNews, Pat was a familiar presence on radio and TV stations in western Wisconsin before serving in the state Legislature. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, Pat and wife returned to Chippewa Falls to be closer to their growing group of grandchildren. He now serves as UNN's chief political correspondent and host of UpNorthNews Radio, airing weekday mornings 6 a.m.-8 a.m on the Civic Media radio network and the UpNorthNews Facebook page.

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