“It’s too early for churches to open up, for example,” he said.
Lincoln has a lot of cases coming out of the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Crete, with Lincoln and Lancaster County workers and their family members being infected.
“My personal opinion is there should have been a little more planning first before we started to gradually reopen,” Rauner said. “And we need to be a little more cautious about looking at how fast the spread is happening in Lincoln right now.”
Hundreds more people could become infected, he said.
How many critical-care beds and ventilators are in use right now can’t be the measure for reopening, because there’s at least a two-week lag in the use of those from increased cases, he said. The number of cases should be the factor.
“If your cases are rapidly increasing, you should probably not be talking about opening up,” he said.
But since they are reopening, people need to make their own decisions about whether they attend these restaurants, churches, businesses, he said.
“Just because we can doesn’t mean we have to,” he said. “I think we shouldn’t.”
Rauner said in a YouTube video that reopening should be based on the test being available to all people with symptoms, a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days, hospitals being safely able to treat all patients requiring that care without crisis standards needed, and the ability to actively monitor the contacts of confirmed cases.