Executive orders are a method for the state government to ensure all actions can be taken to respond effectively and efficiently to a state emergency without being impeded by state laws and regulations that ordinarily serve a purpose but during the emergency can often hinder the fastest and best response to an emergency. The executive order accomplishes this goal by suspending or modifying certain laws or regulations that are listed in the order.
This Executive Order authorizes, through May 25, licensed pharmacies to administer the tests to detect COVID-19 or its antibodies in patients suspected of having COVID-19 or of having recovered from COVID-19.
This executive order suspends and modifies various public health law and education law provisions and regulations, until May 16, to maximize the pool of health care professionals available to assist the State in the response to COVID-19. Among those of particular note are the following:
This executive order suspends or modifies certain laws through May 12, 2020. Among this order’s provisions are the following with an impact on health care:
This executive order broadly continues the directives in previous executive orders issued since March 7 regarding the COVID-19 outbreak to May 7. Among the provisions that regard health care and malpractice liability are the following:
This Executive Order contains one health care matter directing hospitals and health care facilities to permit one person to be present who is a support person for a patient giving birth.
Continuing the State’s efforts to ensure sufficient numbers of healthcare professionals, nursing graduates (RN and LPN programs) may be employed for 180 days with supervision of a registered professional nurse and endorsement from the employing hospital or nursing home, and midwives licensed and in good standing from any state or Canada may practice in New York State without penalty. Also, physicians assisting the State’s response in a SUNY facility are provided with the defense and indemnification, as if a state employee. This Order also declares a modification of EO 202.10 on the dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine by pharmacist and declares that COVID-19 guidance issued by DOH are immediately effective and supersede any prior conflicting guidance issued, including local health departments.
This Executive Order ensures that New York State has adequate hospital bed capacity, supplies, and providers to treat patients affected with COVID-19, as well as patients afflicted with other maladies. To assist in this goal, the Governor has provided immunities to licensed healthcare individuals through April 22, 2020.
New York’s Governor declared a state of disaster emergency for the entire State of New York on March 7, 2020, which authorizes him to temporarily suspend or modify, to the extent necessary, any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation of any agency and authorizes him to issue directives to cope with the disaster.
This executive order primarily mandates that most New York businesses reduce their in-office workforce by 50 percent. The order makes an exception for essential businesses providing essential services. The following is a list of essential health care operations:
This executive order contains numerous suspensions and modifications of New York laws and regulations. Among those of particular note are the following:
This Executive Order directed local and state employees whose position is non-essential to either work from home or take leave. In addition, the Order mandated closure of all New York State schools until April 1.
This Executive Order limited gatherings in any one location to no more than 50 persons. The Order also required food service establishments to no longer serve food on premises but only via delivery or pick up and it closed all gyms, fitness centers and movie theaters in the state.
This Executive Order concerned suspension and modification of law governing elections in New York State. It also imposed certain requirements on school districts closing due to a local state of emergency.
This Executive Order suspends various laws and regulations in order to permit expansion of services and temporary facilities for health and human service providers. Also, the order suspended laws and regulations relating to child care to allow flexibility for providers while continuing to protect children’s health and safety.
This Executive Order suspended or modified a variety of New York Education Law and Public Health Law provisions in order to accomplish the following:
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