Continuity plan for managing COVID-19
The university management has decided to draw up a continuity plan in order to reduce LiU’s vulnerability and increase its ability to cope with events that may influence operations.
In January 2020, a new coronavirus was identified, and shown to cause the COVID-19 disease. The virus has given rise to a spread of infection in several countries, including some in Europe. In northern Italy, for example, around 10 towns have been placed into quarantine and several institutions have closed, including universities. The latter have been closed for a period of two weeks.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has assessed that the risk is very high that people who have been infected by the virus will be identified in Sweden. At the same time, the agency has assessed the risk for general infection in Sweden to be moderate.
Given the nature of LiU’s operations, it is not improbable that someone here will become infected with COVID-19. For this reason, the management believes that the university must have an effective continuity plan to ensure that operations continue in the event of a general outbreak (or pandemic).
Against this background, therefore, the university management has decided to draw up an overall continuity plan to ensure that operations continue in any of the following scenarios:
- An individual co-worker or student becomes infected by the COVID-virus
- Approximately 25% of co-workers and students are absent as a result of disease, the need to care for a sick child, or quarantine. This would have a major effect on operations.
- LiU is required by the authorities, or decides on its own initiative, to suspend operations. Such a decision may be time-limited, such as for a period of 14 days.
The work to draw up the overall continuity plan is being led by the special working group set up to deal with the new coronavirus. All faculties, departments and units are to contribute to the process, and the task is to be completed by 16 March 2020.
“By drawing up a university-wide continuity plan we create the conditions required to manage any one of several scenarios. We are, quite simply, being wise before the event, and we hope, naturally, that we will not need to put the plans in motion”, says Joakim Nejdeby, leader of the special working group.
The university management has made it clear that it is the university’s ambition to maintain ordinary operations until decided otherwise.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2020-03-03