Given the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape, Coastal Carolina University is now managing its response to COVID-19 effects on our campus utilizing an emergency operations approach. The persistent fluidity of the situation and the increased transmission due to the delta variant present a complex environment that requires continuous assessment and highly responsive mitigation methods.
COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. Emergency operations enhance situational awareness, streamline decision-making processes, and provide strategic direction for response operations. We recognize that the coronavirus disease is not going away (endemic), and we anticipate the potential of additional COVID-19 variants. Long-term operational planning is essential for resiliency.
What does an emergency operations approach mean for the campus?
Operating from an emergency management perspective creates the infrastructure that allows the University to continue fulfilling its mission while addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on our campus. COVID-19 Operations teams meet regularly to assess the circumstances on our campus and recommend appropriate actions, as they did throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.
This infrastructure consists of the COVID-19 Operations Planning Team, made up of 11 functional committees; the COVID-19 Operations Committee Chairs Group; the COVID-19 Advisory Group; and the Emergency Management Executive Group.
As these groups develop and implement functional processes for our campus, we are able to weave these approaches into what we do every day.