Monthly Archives: May 2020

COVID and Elective Surgeries


CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) The CDC has released guidance for healthcare systems to “balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and healthcare personnel (HCP). . . . [And] consider the local level of COVID-19 transmission when making decisions about the provision of medical services,” noting that “considerations [...]

COVID and Elective Surgeries2020-05-29T09:33:00-04:00

State Alcohol Laws During COVID-19: Temporary Or Permanent?


Digital Collage by Alana Burman By: Ryan J. Stevens As COVID-19 first swept across the country, states implemented various stay at home orders.  As a result, many facets of everyday life changed drastically.  This includes the ability to purchase and sell alcoholic drinks.  Should liquor stores be considered an essential business, or not?  Should states [...]

State Alcohol Laws During COVID-19: Temporary Or Permanent?2020-05-22T09:38:15-04:00

State K-12 Educational Response to COVID-19


States School Closures Nearly all U.S. states, territories, and federal agencies have ordered or recommended that schools remain closed this academic year.[1]  Over half of US K-12 students are now home for the school year.[2]  The pandemic has caused rapid shifting and problem-solving as districts, schools, administrators, educators, and even parents and students grapple with [...]

State K-12 Educational Response to COVID-192020-05-20T09:06:00-04:00

COVID-19 and Public Transit


Source Photos via As states reopen and essential workers continue to commute, public transit is adapting in response to COVID-19. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance Buses are a common form of public transportation throughout the country.  Whether the bus belongs to a state or local run public transit system or part of a [...]

COVID-19 and Public Transit2020-05-13T09:13:00-04:00

How State Legislatures are Changing Operations in the face of COVID-19


Source Images via and As many individuals and businesses have had their lives upended by COVID-19, state legislatures around the country are no different. The coronavirus is not just impacting our health, safety and economy, but also in the way lawmakers deal with these issues. Legislative operations in 23 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, [...]

How State Legislatures are Changing Operations in the face of COVID-192020-05-11T17:28:12-04:00

Mental Health and COVID-19 Recovery


Digital Collage by Alana Burman, source images via and May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and with the public focus on COVID-19 and the pandemic recovery, it seems fitting to discuss the place of mental health in that recovery. Mental health and behavioral health care have been long-standing areas of concern for the [...]

Mental Health and COVID-19 Recovery2020-05-06T09:00:00-04:00

State Mail-in Voting: 2020 and Beyond


Illustration by Alana Burman, source images from By: Ryan J. Stevens As numerous states around the country are delaying their respective primaries due to COVID-19, the issue of mail-in voting, or vote by mail, has come to the forefront during this year’s presidential election cycle. For years, voters have traditionally cast their ballots in [...]

State Mail-in Voting: 2020 and Beyond2020-05-04T08:30:00-04:00

COVID-19 and States Reopening


Digital Collage by Alana Burman By the Duane Morris Team With conflicting messages from various sources and different levels of government, states have been taking action to reopen or at least to set the groundwork for reopening when they decide the time is right.  Many businesses and individuals are eager to get back to life [...]

COVID-19 and States Reopening2020-05-01T09:09:00-04:00
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