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Markel Expands Classes for Contagion Risk with OUTBREAK(R) Added Expense Coverage
Markel Corporation announced that it is expanding the classes qualified for Contagion Risk with OUTBREAK(R) Extra Expense coverage to take in public entity business, as well as school districts.
According to Scott Rohr, vice president of Markel Re's Public Entity Operations, the company will write OUTBREAK(R) Extra Expense for any commercial entity. "However," Rohr states, "the coverage is perfectly suited for schools. They are a natural breeding ground for contagion as students are at all times in close contact with one another and with staff. Contagious events continue to take place, including the Norwalk virus, antibiotic-resistant staph (MRSA), and even TB."
OUTBREAK(R) Extra Expense provides a per-day limit for each location where a public health official has suspended operations. Further, the product adds a workplace violence component and limited coverage for suspension resulting from illness generated by mold/fungus. The policy proceeds can be used at the insured's discretion to offset loss incurred due to a covered suspension such as lost revenue, decontamination/disinfection, and public relations expense. Product designer Barrett Hubbard, vice president of Markel Re, says, "Part of the difficulty with contagion risk is the psychological risk associated with a closure due to contagion. It is unlike a fire or other physical loss-customers or, in the case of schools, parents and students-want to feel absolutely certain it is safe to return to the premises. That usually involves specialized cleaning methods, testing, and clear communications."