Taking Advantage of the 15-Day Pause to Slow the Spread of COVID-19


Identify leaders from every sector who can join a task force to jointly plan for and implement a coordinated effort

  • Communicate with the public to share considerations and decisions about when to start reopening – prepare them that 15 days may not be long enough and will depend on a variety of factors, which look different from community to community.
  • Identify organizations serving at risk and underserved populations and help them prepare
  • Access critical gaps in resources and supply chain
    • Medical equipment
    • Food supply
    • Cleaning and disinfection products
  • Identify childcare for critical infrastructure workforce
    • Healthcare workers
    • First responders
    • Teachers and school administrators
    • Utility company staff
    • Mental health professionals
  • Begin planning for an orderly return to daily life
    • Identify leaders from every sector who can join a task force to jointly plan for a coordinated effort
    • Work with public health authorities to determine which interventions should continue and identify local factors that might assist determining when and how to resume services.
      • Local factors to examine
        • Local spread
        • Strain on critical infrastructure
        • Supply chain relief
        • Public mood, tolerance and community resilience
    • For those interventions that should remain in place, consider how to lessen the adverse effects of them
    • Prepare public communication materials to explain what people can do to alleviate the negative effects of interventions that remain in place.
      • Prepare the public that this may be a slow, staged progression back to normalcy
      • Restrictions will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so
      • Communities need to stick together to help one another through these challenging times


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