The Greater Washington Board of Trade is hosting a 3-part program "COVID-19 Briefing Call Series: Reopening the Region, Safely and Swiftly" beginning today. See below for details and registration links for each.
Part 1: The Public Health Puzzle
Tuesday, May 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Widespread testing, contact tracing, an effective treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, abundant personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers, and eventually a vaccine are all critical for controlling outbreaks and saving lives. A two-week downward trajectory in cases is the widely accepted criteria for beginning to relax social distancing orders. In this discussion, health leaders from across the region will explain how these puzzle pieces fit together and the research, development, and production efforts behind securing each piece, with status updates from Maryland, Virginia, and the District.
- Lisa Lockerd Maragakis, Senior Director of Infection Prevention, The Johns Hopkins Health System
- Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
- Laurie Forlano, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Virginia Department of Health
- Fran Phillips, R.N., Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health
- Dr. John Davies Cole, State Epidemiologist, District of Colombia
Part 2: Phased Reopening Plans in VA, DC, and MD
Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Maryland, Virginia, and the District each have phased plans for reopening the economy. On this call, we will learn how each jurisdiction has approached this challenge and what Phase One might look like in each jurisdiction and across the region. (For useful background, consult Summary of District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Reopening Guidelines published by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on May 21.)
- Moderator: Roy McGrath, IOM, CAE, CEO and Chairman of Maryland Environmental Service
- Eugene D. Kinlow, Director of the Office for Federal and Regional Affairs, Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia
- Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
- Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia
Part 3: Getting Back to Business
Thursday, May 28, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
When businesses can reopen, most will face new expectations for how they protect workers and customers. Building on the insights gained in the first two parts of this series, we will explore those expectations and the financial and operational challenges they create. This discussion will cover company needs, efforts to meet those needs, and forecasts for the future. The goal is to help professionals in all industries better prepare for the road ahead.
- Moderator: Evan Kraus, Managing Director in Washington, APCO Worldwide
- Larry Di Rita, Greater Washington, D.C. Market President, Bank of America