Taiwan Epidemiology Bulletin

Taiwan Epidemiology Bulletin

vol.38 No.18

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Original Article

Guidelines for Enterprise Planning of Business Continuity under The COVID-19 Pandemic

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.202209_38(18).0001

Hsiu-Yun Lo1*, Szu-Pei Wu1, Su-Hua Wang1, Pei-Chun Chan1,2, Chia-Chi Lee1

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Correspondence Author: Hsiu-Yun Lo1*

  • 1 Division of Chronic Infectious Disease, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan 
  • 2 Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


        The main purpose of a business continuity plan is to protect the operation of an enterprise, private and public institution, from the disasters and incidents, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Since late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to rage around the world. Due to an increasing number of infections, the operation of enterprises, private and public institutions, have been severely disrupted. However, for a business to continue operating, the most important thing is to ensure the health of the employees and the customers who interact with those employees. 
        The Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has formulated many preventive measures and strategies against the COVID-19 pandemic immediately by consulting with experts in infectious diseases, business management and relevant administrative agencies. In addition to taking into consideration the guidelines of other countries, the Taiwan CECC finally published a guideline suitable for Taiwan’s enterprises, private and public institutions. 
        The guidelines and recommendations for the preventive measures are adjusted and revised accordingly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allow enterprises, private and public institutions, to identify and assess risks, minimizing loss to the greatest extent possible.

Keywords:Enterprise, continuous operation, COVID-19

Original Article

The Operation And Response of The Communicable Disease Control Medical Network for The COVID-19 Pandemic

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.202209_38(18).0002

Chin-Mei Liu*, Peng Kuo, Kui-Li Huang, Ting-Yi Chiang, Wei-Keng Chang, Yi-Chien Chih, Shu-Mei Chou

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Correspondence Author: Chin-Mei Liu*

  • Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan 


        The Communicable Disease Control Medical Network (CDCMN), established in 2003 after the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Taiwan, has undergone several phases of modifications in infrastructure and activation. In December 2019, a previously unidentified coronavirus infection currently named as the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) resulted in a global pandemic. Taiwan discovered its first confirmed imported case on January 21, 2020. Later, the CDCMN Response hospitals began to receive and treat COVID-19 patients, gradually strengthen the hospital operation and response system, and expand designated wards in accordance with the instructions of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) to increase the medical capacity for COVID-19 patients. In May 2021, there was a surge of community outbreak in the Taipei region. To properly handle the patients, the 23 response /isolation hospitals participated according to the guidance from CECC, spared and designated wards for COVID-19 patients quickly.
        In addition, according to the triage and admission plan for COVID-19 patients, the response hospitals re-planned and rehearsed the 4-stage clearance process and patients/critically ill patients transfer across counties and cities to increase the admission capacity for patients. Based on the experience of this outbreak, the CDCMN will continue to strengthen the transfer mechanism for joint prevention and transporting patients (including acute and severe patients) among counties and cities, to promote cross-unit cooperation, and to ensure that CDCMN plays a pivotal role in the pandemic.

Disease Surveillance

week 35–36 (Aug. 28–Sep. 10, 2022)

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.202209_38(18).0003

Epidemic Intelligence Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

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