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Below is a roundup of some recent developments with law and ethics themes related to the enforcement of public health authority during the pandemic, vulnerable populations, and states reopening. The Americans with Disabilities Act & HIPAA do not bar businesses Read More
Published on :  | By Ross Silverman

Review: Child care investments through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article on the Health Affairs Blog from researchers at the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago argues that children’s needs should be at the heart of pandemic and recovery discussions, discusses the central role robust child care will Read More
This statement from over 40 health and medical associations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the National Association of County and City Health Read More
The ruling Saturday by the federal district court judge puts in place a Temporary Restraining Order against the state’s emergency rules limiting mass gatherings. According to the court, because the state’s executive order (a) was not neutral toward religion, in Read More
This press release describes the economy reopening framework agreed upon by the bipartisan group of governors from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The governors indicate that the economy will not open all at once. Furthermore, they also Read More
In a press release and presentation issued today, California Governor Newsom outlined a data- and science-driven framework that will guide their review of the state’s stay-at-home and other COVID-19-related policies. The state of California has announced their “Roadmap to Modify Read More
This article describes the efforts to coordinate responses across multiple states to reopen their economies amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, New York Governor Cuomo announced the formation of a council comprised of scientific, economic and political leaders from each of Read More
This Executive Order by the Michigan governor places on stores that sell groceries (including “big box” stores) more rigorous social distancing controls and limits on items that may be sold or advertised, and also bans most vacation property rentals. The Read More
In a petition to the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas governor has argued that it is an unlawful delegation of the legislature’s authority to allow the state’s Legislative Coordinating Council to override the governor’s executive order limiting religious gatherings.  The Read More
This article describes the steps taken by the Kentucky governor to prevent churches from violating the state’s Executive Order prohibiting public gatherings over 10 people, but will allow drive-in services in which attendees remain in their cars. News reached the Read More

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