This article discusses the President’s Coronavirus Task Force estimate that by strictly following extended social distancing and hygiene-related recommendations nationwide, the number of U.S. Coronavirus outbreak deaths can be held to 100,000, but that number could go much higher with Read More
This article discusses a New Hampshire court decision that found the governor’s emergency powers permit banning gatherings of more than 50 people, even if such actions infringe on people’s speech, assembly, and religious rights. The New Hampshire governor’s Emergency Order Read More
This article discusses a legal challenge filed against the Houston area stay-at-home order barring large, in-person gatherings for church services. Public health emergency response powers historically have permitted such restrictions. While to date Texas has not implemented a statewide stay-at-home Read More
FDA will allow distribution of large quantities of two anti-malarial drugs from the federal Strategic National Stockpile to hospitals as a possible treatment for COVID-19, using the agency’s authority to permit use of unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of Read More
The DHS designated firearm shop employees essential, while Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts have challenged. The Department of Homeland Security issued guidance recently designated firearm shop employees essential workers. Last week, a split Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a petition by Read More
Multiple states (including TX, RI, MA, FL) have adopted policies restricting travel into their states from outbreak hot spots. While Texas has not yet adopted a state-wide shelter-in-place policy, they have established a policy ordering a 14-day self-quarantine for any Read More
The authors of this Hastings Center Report explain how ethical and legal duties intersect with public health in a time of crisis. When the health system can no longer handle the needs of all persons seeking care, ethical and legal Read More
This expert-authored report lays out multi-tiered path out from sheltering-in-place through recovery to reinforcing our response infrastructure. When will it be ok to begin loosening the stay-at-home restrictions currently in place, and when will things get back to normal? A Read More
A new bulletin from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) addresses the application of existing federal anti-discrimination laws to the treatment of persons with disabilities and other groups during a public health Read More
This L.A. Times article explores professional and ethical challenges medical professionals may face in making decisions about who receives scarce resources if COVID-19 cases surge beyond what the health care system can handle. During a public health emergency, triage decisions Read More

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