Covid-19 Mass testing in Slovakia (SIMPROCESS)

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  • Simulation: Covid-19 Mass testing
  • Author: pavm13 21:00, 20 January 2021 (CET) Milan Pavelčák
  • Model type: Discrete simulation
  • Used tool: SIMPROCESS

Description of assignment

In Slovakia government decided to fight coronavirus by testing its population in a massive way. Such action requires a number of qualified personnel to be paid and premises to be secured. The goal of this simulation is to find an optimum (from the economic point of view and also from the personnel side) and decide how many sampling points need to be opened along with number of experienced personnel in order to test as many citizens as possible. Another point worth mentioning is that in this simulation population will be divided into two groups. First one will consist of people older than 60 years and the second one of peple between 15 - 59 years old. Reason for this division is to take care of older people and to protect them from the dangers posed by young asymptomatic citizens.

Number of people to be tested

The data source is a page of a smaller city that has published the test results on its website. From this page, the numbers of test citizens were drawn, as well as the positivity of the tests performed. [1] Numbers of people incoming to the sample points to be tested was calculated as average from the data source and afterwards divided according to the demographic information about Slovakia. [2]

  • Citizens over 60: 266
  • Citizens below 60: 1544


As mentioned before economic point of view is also important for this simulation therefore each and every role will be seen as resource with allocated cost (hour wages)[3]. Due to the nature of SIMPROCESS features when it comes to working with resources roles were created for both groups:

Roles(Hourly wage)
Role Hourly wage (€) Number required for one sampling point
Medical laboratory technician < 60 7.33 1
Medical laboratory technician > 60 7.33 1
Administrative worker < 60 8.98 4
Administrative worker > 60 8.98 4
Police officer < 60 12.74 1
Police officer > 60 12.74 1