KU Response Guide – Levels

  1. The University will work in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD) in structuring the response to a public health situation impacting on the Lawrence campus/community.
  2. The University will monitor recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding:
    1. Emerging epidemics/pandemics
    2. Travel restrictions in areas to which members of the KU-Lawrence community may be traveling
  3. Levels of Response to the identification of an infectious and communicable disease not normally found in the student population will be in accordance with the response levels of the KU Emergency Management Plan.
K.U. — Emergency Management Plan Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Situational Factors Prevalence
  • KU – small number of cases and close contacts
  • Globally – small highly localized clusters anywhere in the world with limited human-to-human transmissions
  • KU – moderate number of cases among members of the KU community and/or identification of cases in locations to which travel may occur
  • Globally – large clusters with localized human-to-human transmission
  • KU – increased and sustained transmission in the KU community
  • Globally – increased and sustained transmission in general and local population
Primary Considerations and Responses
  • Isolation of student(s)
  • Identification, counseling and possible treatment of close contacts
  • Notification to EOC Manager
  • Isolation of moderate number of students
  • Identification, counseling and possible treatment of close contacts
  • Public information messaging
  • Supporting the learning experience for isolated students
  • Implementation of full EOC and Executive policy group
  • Provide isolation for a large number of ill students
  • Provide treatment to large number of ill students
  • Implement social distancing measures
  • Manage fatalities
  • Support the learning experience for students impacted by social distancing and isolation
  • Plan for recovery

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