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Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), many agencies have responsibility for responding to public health emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as its name implies, is at the forefront of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak as the government seeks to control and prevent the spread of the virus in the United States. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are also involved, primarily conducting research into the sources, cause, and means of transmission of the new virus and coordinating vaccine development efforts. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring the safety and effectiveness of medical products and therefore has oversight over any clinical trials for promising coronavirus treatments (drugs, vaccines, devices), as well as authority to authorize the marketing of any such product. The agency oversees the drug supply chain and monitors drug and device shortages. This blog post covers steps that FDA has taken to mitigate potential drug and device shortages related to coronavirus and to otherwise respond to the coronavirus situation.
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Coronavirus – Further Updates on Travel Impact

March 2, 2020 | Alert | By Danielle Porter

Read about updated CDC and DOS travel guidance for Iran, Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong and President Trump's entry ban for foreign nationals who have been in Iran within 14 days.
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Coronavirus Continues to Spread: What Employers Should Be Doing

February 27, 2020 | Blog | By Emma Follansbee

In light of the Coronavirus’s continued impact in the workplace, this post reviews the CDC’s newly issued guidelines for businesses, and dives deeper into how employers can lawfully navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sick time laws, and other leave laws, while maintaining the safety of their workforce.
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This alert covers recent State Department and US Consulate notices regarding restrictions on entry into the US related to the spread of the coronavirus.
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As the coronavirus remains to be an active outbreak with cases increasing within the United States, this is a good time to review how HIPAA applies in a public health emergency, including its restrictions and flexibility in these types of situations. Accordingly, last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a helpful bulletin on how the HIPAA Privacy Rule comes into play with the coronavirus outbreak and other public health emergencies.
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Coronavirus Travel Ban Update

February 6, 2020 | Alert | By Susan Cohen

Read about the administration's temporary suspension, effective Feb. 2, of the entry of non-US citizens or permanent residents who have been in China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, during the prior 14 days.
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New U.S. Travel Bans Announced

January 31, 2020 | Alert | By Susan Cohen

This immigration alert provides details on a proclamation from President Trump extending the travel ban as well as an announcement that the United States is temporarily suspending the entry of foreign nationals who have been in China.
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The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan, China, which has spread to the United States with new cases being reported every day, has the global community on high alert. While employers would be wise to leave the containment and treatment of the virus to medical experts, disease outbreaks present a unique set of employment law issues for many businesses, especially for those that require international travel as an essential job function for their employees.  This post addresses some of the employment issues raised by the Coronavirus outbreak.  (Note: we recognize events on the ground are fluid, and therefore will update this post as necessary.)
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