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COVID-19 - Reliable Information Resources: Reopening for Business

Update 7-27-20: Monmouth University has just published its reopening plan for fall 2020 --- check frequently for updates. 

Reopening after extensive closure on state and local level requires careful and strategic planning. This page explores some of the guidances and protocols we can expect to see in the next few months.

Monmouth University Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Update 7-27-20: Monmouth University has just published its reopening plan for fall 2020 --- check frequently for updates. 

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Open Safely

#OpenSafely is a website designed to serve as hub for the latest information on reopening policies and procedures from government and health professionals. Click here for guidance on reopening governments, workplaces and communities.

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COVID Exit Strategy

CovidExitStrategy.org provides a wealth of sliced and diced data from public health and crisis experts with experience working within U.S. Dept. of Health & Humans Services and on Ebola epidemic. Also includes a continuously updated map.

TOPCATS

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TOPCATS, the Task Force on Post COVID-19 Alignment, Trends and Strategies in New Jersey Libraries, is a statewide group of library leaders formed to explore issues, strategies, and solutions relative to the reopening of libraries. Resources include news, best practices, staff training materials and advocacy and communication strategies.

 

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Act Now

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Covid Act Now is a website created by a team of technologists, health experts, and public policy leaders that plots the latest models for potential spread of COVID-19 in America's communities in order to assist in reopening planning. It includes a tool that provides up-to-date case data and risk level by zip code.

Assess Your Risk

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Photo: Ida Nilsing, StockholmDirekt

Thinking about venturing out? Dr. Leana Wen of the George Washington University School of Public Health offers four key guidelines that should guide you in assessing your personal risk.

  • Relative Risk - Includes three key variables: proximity, activity and time. Highest risk is close contact indoors, activities (like singing) in which droplets can spread, and exposure over an extended time period.
  • Pooled RiskEngaging in high-risk activity near others who do the same increases everyone’s risk.
  • Cumulative Risk - Risk of acquiring COVID-19 is additive for every person someone come into close contact with; in other words, it adds up. The more activities/close contact, the more risk.
  • Collective RiskThe higher the rate of COVID-19 in a community, the more likely any one individual you come into contact with has the virus and the riskier interactions become.