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Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Regulations Approved by CA Office of Admin

On Nov. 30, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved Cal-OSHA’s emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). Since then, Cal-OSHA has issued a model prevention program and Frequently Asked Questions, both available here, to help employers comply with the Regulations, which are effective as of Nov. 30, 2020. Our previous Alert, which summarizes the Regulations, follows below.

On Nov. 19, 2020, the California Occupational Health & Safety Standards Board unanimously adopted 21 pages of emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are broad. They apply to all employees and places of employment except: (1) those places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with others; (2) employees working from home; and (3) employees covered by Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 5199 (e.g., health care facilities, facilities designed to receive persons arriving from a

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COVID-19 patient gets help thanks to Navy SEAL brother-in-law

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL) — An incredible series of events recently unfolded for a man from Ruston, Louisiana, who is now a COVID-19 patient at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport.

“It’s an amazing story of a network coming together to save a life,” says Ryan Senn’s brother-in-law Jon Macaskill.

Macaskill is a retired Navy SEAL Commander and the one who initiated the call for help.

In early November, Senn came down with COVID-19. He was in need of convalescent plasma — something the hospital he was at in Ruston could not provide.

Senn received the plasma treatment in Shreveport and was making progress. Last week that changed.

“12:45 a.m., the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I get a call from my sister, and Ryan has taken a turn for

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COVID-19 patient gets help from across the U.S. thanks to Navy SEAL brother-in-law | KAMR

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL) — An incredible series of events recently unfolded for a man from Ruston, Louisiana, who is now a COVID-19 patient at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport.

“It’s an amazing story of a network coming together to save a life,” says Ryan Senn’s brother-in-law Jon Macaskill.

Macaskill is a retired Navy SEAL Commander and the one who initiated the call for help.

In early November, Senn came down with COVID-19. He was in need of convalescent plasma — something the hospital he was at in Ruston could not provide.

Senn received the plasma treatment in Shreveport and was making progress. Last week that changed.

“12:45 a.m., the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I get a call from my sister, and Ryan has taken a turn for

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Interpol Warns About Fake, Stolen COVID-19 Vaccines From Organized Crime

As many separate companies begin to roll out their COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol is warning that the life-saving commodities could be targeted by organized crime. The international law enforcement organization stated that fake vaccines and stolen vaccines are a very real possibility as people are desperate to begin a post-pandemic life.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organisations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains. Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives,” Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock said, according to Reuters.

The news comes after Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca all announced effective vaccines against the virus. Moderna and Pfizer are both seeking emergency clearance from the FDA to begin distributing their shots immediately. AstraZeneca is seeking similar measures in the U.K. To date, there

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COVID-19 Info for Construction Industry Executives

During Ward and Smith’s recent virtual “Construction Conference,” six of my partners and I covered a range of emerging legal issues — most related to the pandemic — that are important for construction companies.

In a rapid-fire legal update format, we covered how:

  • COVID-19, and the government’s response to it, is changing employment law and contracting
  • Firms should plan for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness

Employer’s Pandemic Response

Ken Gray, who leads the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, noted that the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives — including the workplace. 

“COVID-19 has turned our world upside down like no other event that we’ve ever experienced,” he said.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal law passed in March, applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The law requires employers to give employees up to two weeks of extra paid sick leave

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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised



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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised

The White House coronavirus task force is issuing a dire warning to states, writing that, given the already rampant spread of the virus across the U.S., a further surge in cases following Thanksgiving threatens to overwhelm the health care system and compromise patient care.

“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall,” reads the White House report sent to states and obtained by The Hill.

The includes a series of urgent warnings, a stark contrast to President Trump himself, who has been largely quiet on the coronavirus crisis recently, and has focused on vaccine development when he does discuss it.

The warnings come as the United

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Organized criminal networks could be targeting COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol warns



CDC advisory panel votes on priority for phase 1 vaccine rollout; Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle has the latest


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Coronavirus vaccines could be the target of organized criminal networks that could look to sell fake shots, Interpol warned Wednesday, according to a report.

Interpol said it alerted law enforcement across its 194 member countries about the threat. The agency warned the vaccines could be threatened both physically and online, Reuters reported.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organizations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” said Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock. “Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.”

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NCLA Alerts Mass. High Court to US Supreme Court Covid-19 Ruling Blocking Similar NY Exec. Order

Washington, D.C., Dec. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The New Civil Liberties Alliance has filed a Second Supplemental Notice of Pertinent and Significant Authorities on behalf of the Petitioners in the matter of Desrosiers v. Baker currently awaiting a decision in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). The Notice advised the SJC of the Thanksgiving eve emergency injunction issued in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, blocking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from imposing strict numerical occupancy limits on places of worship. Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn supersedes Supreme Court precedent Gov. Baker previously cited in his defense and Justices of the Massachusetts SJC raised at oral argument.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker imposed a Civil Defense State of Emergency and issued at least 55 COVID-19 executive orders since March that shut down the businesses, churches, and the private school that are suing Baker in

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Whitmer warns restaurants against defying shutdown order; state reports 160 COVID-19 deaths in one day

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned restaurant and bar owners in Michigan on Tuesday against defying her state health department’s shutdown orders and reopening as deaths from COVID-19 continue to surge.

“I would discourage people from willfully breaking the law,” the governor said at her weekly press conference.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services added 190 deaths to the toll from the global pandemic, 30 of which came from previous days.

The 160 deaths over a 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday is the highest daily death toll from COVID-19 since 189 deaths were recorded on April 25. The daily record of 232 deaths was set on April 21, according to state records.

Michigan’s seven-day average number of daily deaths now stands at 91.

The daily average number of deaths from COVID-19 has doubled in the past three weeks, state data show, underscoring how fatalities from the novel virus

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COVID-19 Colorado Petition Demands Polis Enforce Laws

Governor Jared Polis has been talking tough about businesses that refuse to comply with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment standards in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Thus far, however, he hasn’t ordered a major crackdown on scofflaws, preferring instead to rely on admonitions delivered from his bully pulpit.

That’s not good enough for Colorado COVID Watch, a new project whose online platforms include a Facebook page, a Facebook group and a Twitter account. The advocacy group, which has been calling out retailers and other operations that its members contend aren’t following the rules, has launched a petition entitled “State of Colorado Must Enforce COVID-19 Public Health Orders on ‘SuperSpreader’ Businesses” demanding that Polis, who announced this past weekend that he’s tested positive for the disease, forego lip service and get serious about either disciplining or shutting down outfits that refuse to follow practices intended to get the

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