A Data-Driven Approach to Managing COVID-19 Reopening Risks

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Security mandates have been dramatically altered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Corporate security teams find themselves in a leadership role with respect to managing COVID-19 reopening risks.

This page aggregates best practices and helpful resources for companies considering whether and when to reopen. It is geared toward guidance and contributions that security personnel can make to the organization’s overall strategy. This page will be updated as new helpful resources are uncovered. Best of all, all these resources are freely available to the public and corporate security teams.

We thank all the organizations who are providing resources and guidance during the pandemic.

Understand COVID-19 Transmission Risk
Dr. Erin Bromage recently penned a helpful primer designed to help members of the public understand transmission risk using a dose + time framework. As Dr. Bromage explains:

Basically, as the work closures are loosened, and we start to venture out more, possibly even resuming in-office activities, you need to look at your environment and make judgments. How many people are here, how much airflow is there around me, and how long will I be in this environment. If you are in an open floorplan office, you really need to critically assess the risk (volume, people, and airflow). If you are in a job that requires face-to-face talking or even worse, yelling, you need to assess the risk.

Quantify Your Risk
We have been diligently tracking and visualizing county-level COVID-19 data on a daily basis in our public-facing COVID-19 briefing dashboard. We have observed infection, mortality, and state response trends over time. At a minimum, we recommend organizations assess the following data for each location they intend to reopen:

  • Curve of reported cases over time at the county level to observe whether conditions are improving or worsening
  • Cases per capita at the county level to understand disease prevalence in the local community
  • State and local requirements – including limits on gatherings, non-essential business closures, mask requirements and other guidance

We provide this information to our customers so they can create and monitor data-driven strategies for reopening safely. Contact us to learn how we can help your organization.

Qualify Your Transmission Risk and Mitigation Strategies
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers an operational toolkit to help business owners determine their establishments’ risk of transmission of COVID-19 and how to reduce it. This free tool includes an assessment calculator to qualify risk and mitigation options.

COVID-19 Safety Playbook for In-person Events
Eventbrite has teamed up with the Chertoff Group to to develop resources for creators in the event-safety planning process. This four-step process provides a framework and helpful tools for assessing and reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at live events.

Detailed CDC Guidance on Opening America Up Again
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published detailed guidance on reopening schools and businesses. This comprehensive document includes gating criteria, advice and links to other resources.

CDC Workplace Decision Tree
The U.S. CDC has published a simple decision tree geared toward helping business owners make reopening decisions, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It includes links to CDC recommendations for limiting COVID risk.

Key Considerations for How to Reopen (or Expand Current Operations)
Morgan Lewis, a global law firm, has put together a comprehensive list of key considerations related to reopening. It includes a blend of straightforward tactics and thoughtful discussion topics for company leaders.

Workplace Readiness Essentials Checklist
Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield have created a straightforward checklist identifying key workplace readiness action items in six categories. Other helpful reopening resources are also linked from this page.

FEMA: Sample Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
For many organizations, reopening will involve a series of complex decisions that involve many departments and considerations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published an exercise starter kit so organizations can conduct their own planning workshops. It includes a sample facilitator guide and slides that can be adapted for a given organization’s needs.

Considering Canines for COVID-19 Detection?
Matthew R. Dimmick, CPP®, PSP®, CPD spent 20 years handling and training canines to detect a variety of potential threats. In this article, he provides key considerations and questions an organization should ask before deploying dogs for threat detection.


CDC Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS)
VAMS connects with Immunization Information Systems (IISs) via federal and jurisdictional data reporting systems. VAMS allows employers and organizations to bulk input employees, who will receive an email to register in VAMS so they can schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

A Primer on COVID-19 Testing Options
This webcast features an update on the latest testing science and options, including pool testing. Presented by Rodney Forsman, Assistant Professor Emeritus at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine and Science.

Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19 Prevention Policies in Retail and Services Businesses
This CDC webpage offers strategies and resources designed to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

General Risk Mitigation Strategies for Security Teams
The Security Executive Council has published a list of key mitigation strategies for security practitioners. It includes a variety of tactical initiatives in the categories of strategic partnerships, situational awareness, GSOC social distancing and cleaning, virus spread mitigation, and more.

Infectious Disease Hardening for COVID-19 and Other Biological Risks
Safeguards Consulting has published a thorough whitepaper on infectious disease hardening, based on a long-term model. The document provides guidance for immediate risk mitigation, a potential return of COVID-19, and future/seasonal infectious diseases.

Ongoing COVID-19 Response and Supply Chain Implications
The supply chain difficulties of the COVID-19 response have raised awareness of the critical importance of an effective supply chain. This white paper from the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition focuses on the stages between suppression (or lockdown) and an available vaccine.

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