Inside Look: 3 Emerging Themes as Cities Respond to COVID-19

Tue, 2020-05-26 04:58 -- Philip Bane

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to fundamentally shape the way that the public sector operates and does business. As cities and other public agencies are responding to the ongoing pandemic, GovWin’s team of state and local market analysts have identified several themes that are emerging for vendors.

Here are three areas that cities, counties and other government agencies are focusing on in response to the pandemic, along with examples of relevant projects tracked in the free-to-access Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center that were recently awarded, put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan.

Building Strategies for Testing, Isolating and Contact Tracing

One of the most immediate needs for cities and other agencies is in determining the scope of the pandemic’s impact close to home. These agencies are working to leverage various aspects of their already existing public health programs and healthcare technology, such as information systems and data dashboards, as the backbone for building out their testing and tracing programs.

Contact Tracing Services – City of Louisville, KY

Louisville recently released a request for proposals from credible vendors that can provide health and welfare services, including case management and contact tracing for a period of up to one year.

COVID-19 Testing – City of Tempe, AZ

Tempe has received bids from vendors to provide both serological testing (to identify antibodies) and molecular diagnostic testing (to identify whether patients currently have the COVID-19 virus).

Increasing the Capacity of Healthcare Systems

To avoid the potential of becoming overwhelmed by a surge in infected patients, agencies in different locations are taking creative measures to build the capacity of their healthcare systems. Local governments, hospitals and private companies will need to work together to provide the equipment necessary to safely increase the maximum volume of medical care that can be made available.

Personal Protective Equipment – City of Cleveland, OH

Cleveland’s health system is seeking PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), including but not limited to all constrained medical supplies and equipment, both for clinical and operational purposes.

Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies – City of Miami Beach, FL

Miami Beach is requesting quotes from vendors for the purchase of cleaning materials including hand sanitizer, alcohol, wipes and nitrile disposable gloves on an as-needed basis.

Enabling Social Distancing in Public Spaces

As different cities and counties move to re-open at differing rates, creating safe public spaces will be a necessity. This will require increased space available to allow for social distancing and a significant increase in cleaning protocols. Public transportation, too, will require much more cleaning and decontamination as the usage of public transit systems begins to return towards more normal levels.

Social Distance Barriers – City of Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has a requirement for the provision and installation of modular walls/barriers to be put in place in office environments for the purposes of social distancing.

Bus Cleaning Services – City of Greenville, SC

Greenville has a need for contractors to perform detailed daily cleaning work on the interiors and exterior of the city’s bus fleet which will increase safety for its ridership.

Looking for more details on how state and local governments are responding to the ongoing crisis? You can register for these free on-demand webinars to learn how government agencies are dealing with the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.