HHS Declares Public Health Emergency for Monkeypox
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has determined that a public health emergency exists for the United States in response to the outbreak of monkeypox cases across multiple states. This determination gives federal agencies greater flexibility regarding their responses to this outbreak. This determination became effective August 4, 2022 and works in concert with HHS’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak.
ASPR Launches Tool to Help Hospitals Estimate Emergency Supply Needs
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (“ASPR”) launched a new interactive tool designed to help hospitals estimate their supply needs in response to various emergencies, including mass casualty incidents and infectious disease emergencies. The Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals (“DASH”) Tool collects hospital characteristics, such as size and regional role/designation, and then provides recommendations regarding average par levels of specific supplies that the hospital may need in order to respond to various local emergencies and disasters.
EEOC Once Again Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Employers
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has once again updated its COVID‑19 guidance addressing issues surrounding COVID-19 and federal equal employment opportunity and workplace anti-discrimination laws. The updated guidance includes new questions and answers that address, among other things, whether employers can: require employees recovering from COVID-19 to provide documentation from a health care professional noting that it is safe for the employee to return to work; administer a COVID-19 viral test to evaluate an employee’s initial or continued presence in the workplace; require antibody testing before permitting employees to re-enter the workplace; screen job applicants for COVID-19 symptoms; and require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional EEOC COVID-19 information can be found here.
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