How Your Business Should Respond To A Second Wave of COVID-19

At the time this article was posted, Dr. Fauci at a White House briefing said he anticipates the COVID-19 coronavirus will have another wave later in fall 2020.  He said the U.S. will be able to better handle an outbreak in the fall, but how would your business respond to a second wave?

One answer is to say, follow the same approach we did last time.  However, you know more now and would probably have done things differently given the opportunity.  With that in mind, below is a potential timeline to develop a plan to respond in a more proactive manner to a second wave:

5/1/20 Conduct COVID-19 Response Debrief to document lessons learned
5/11 Identify person to be project manager to develop COVID-19 second wave response plan
5/11 Project manager starts to draft project scope to respond to second wave
5/22 Project manager meets with core team to review and revise project scope
5/29 Project manager meets with company leadership to review and revise project scope
6/5 Second wave response project scope is approved by appropriate company leadership
5/25 Project manager works with team members to identify activities that will need to be performed to respond to a second wave.  Collect documented policies and procedures.  Document assumptions of next wave.  Develop risks and mitigation strategies.
6/12 Project manager meets with core team to align team on response plan
6/19 Project manager meets with company leadership to review response plan
6/26 COVID-19 second wave response plan is approved by appropriate company leadership
7/1 Project manager establishes reoccurring meetings.  Meeting objectives: 1) follow up on open action items and 2) assess current environment and determine next steps
10/1? – 12/1? Tentative dates to start seeing confirmed cases of second wave of COVID-19.  This is an assumption and is subject to change as new information is available

 

The above timeline may need adjusted to fit your business and your assessment of the level of risk, but is a place to start.  Hopefully, the response plan will never be needed.  However, if there is a second wave, your business is ready to respond in a proactive manner.

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