Category: COVID-19


Newsom Issues Executive Order Authorizing Public Health Officials to Join Safe at Home Confidential Address Program

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-80-20 taking action on a series of items related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the order allows local health officers and other public health officials to participate in the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home Confidential Address Program. The order acknowledges the numerous threats and other harassment…

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Oregon, Washington Join COVID-19 Exposure App Pilot Project

This week, the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Oregon and Washington will participate with California in piloting a project that notifies individuals if they have been exposed to COVID-19 via a mobile application. Late last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) announced the…

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Newsom Signs Legislation Providing Worker Protections Against COVID-19

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills to provide protections to specified workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures signed by Newsom include SB 1159 by Senator Jerry Hill and AB 685 by Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes. SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation by creating a rebuttable presumption for specified employees, including…

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Network for Public Health Law to Hold Virtual COVID-19 Summit

The Network for Public Health Law will hold its 2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit on COVID-19 Response and Recovery on September 16 and 17, 2020. The summit will feature 20 concurrent sessions over two days covering critical COVID-19-related issues including health equity, federal, state, and local emergency measures, state preemption, protecting and managing the…

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Newsom Issues Executive Order on PerkinElmer Contract

Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-77-20to expedite efforts by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to establish and operate up to three sites for use as laboratories to increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Governor Newsom’s order comes on the heels of an…

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Following Issues with CalREDIE, CDPH Announces New COVID-19 Data Reporting System

On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) announced that OptumInsight, Inc. has been selected to develop the state’s new COVID-19 data reporting system. The system will collect, track, and report COVID-19 cases as a standalone database and is expected to supplement CalREDIE. The new data reporting…

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Citing COVID-19 Risks, CDC Issues Nationwide Eviction Moratorium

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued an emergency order temporarily halting specified residential evictions nationwide due to increased COVID-19 transmission risks associated with evictions. The CDC order prohibits through December 31, 2020, owners or landlords from pursuing evictions of individuals who declare under penalty of perjury that they have…

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Newsom Administration Unveils New Statewide Reopening Framework, Acting State Public Health Officer Issues Updated Order

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a sweeping new framework that imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how movement within communities affects the trajectory of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Governor’s Office, the state’s new framework builds upon lessons learned from…

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Newsom Administration Announces $1.4B Testing Contract with PerkinElmer

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has entered into an expansive $1.4 billion contract with major diagnostics company, PerkinElmer. The contract aims to establish a new laboratory facility, expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity, address supply chain challenges, and reduce the cost of tests for all Californians. Specifically, PerkinElmer will increase the state’s capacity…

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