In late April 2020, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) convened a committee of CASE Members and/or Members of the National Academies to develop concepts for consideration by the Office of the Governor for addressing the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CASE committee met concurrently to the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group and other efforts by the Office of the Governor to reopen the state of Connecticut. Consequently, the focus of this study was not on the initial reopening but on concepts that will be needed as part of a sustainable response to the ongoing pandemic challenge.
The decision-making process for reopening the state is being conducted in a complex, dynamic environment that requires continuous adaptation to reduce the risks and increase benefits to public health and the economy. Decisions in this environment are not either/or, but more nuanced and require a deft touch to adapt to changing levels of risk. These difficult choices involve highly interconnected systems where the direct and unintended outcomes are often uncertain. To this end, CASE looked at this challenge from a risk-based systems perspective. Click here to read/download the white paper.