The CDC recently released updated its guidance on the criteria for determining when a worker diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to work. The interim guidance, Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings (July 20, 2020), is focused on when individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 may end home isolation. It is also incorporated

On July 15, 2020, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board passed first-in-the-nation codified emergency temporary standards (the Standards) establishing requirements for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the workplace. The Standards were issued at the direction of the Governor to create enforceable regulations. With these Standards, the Virginia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a guidance document titled Testing Strategy for COVID-19 in High-Density Critical Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case is Identified (the Guidance), which describes different testing strategy options for exposed employees when companies determine testing is needed to help support existing disease control measures. As part

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released several guidelines for various segments of the food industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic. First, CDC issued Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor, Agriculture Workers and Employers (“the Interim Guidance”), which provides recommendations related to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Manufacturing Workers and Employers (the Interim Guidance), which provides recommendations related to COVID-19 transmission considerations for manufacturing workers and employers. This Interim Guidance is in most parts the same as the previously issued

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued a COVID-19 Industry Guidance intended for facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce to support a safe and clean environment for workers. In general, the recommendations provided by CDPH are generally consistent with the interim guidance for meat and poultry processing workers and employers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage regarding COVID-19 to include a section on President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) for Meat and Poultry Processors. These FAQs address the role USDA plays in implementing the EO, what meat and poultry plants should

This post summarizes two recent documents the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued for the Food and Agriculture Sector in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first, “Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic,” is intended as a quick-reference guide on the

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued interim guidance on COVID-19 considerations for meat and poultry processing workers and employers. This Interim Guidance, one of the most comprehensive to date for a specific industry, was developed recognizing that meat and poultry establishments and their operations

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report entitled, “Preliminary Incidence and Trends of Infections with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food – Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 2015-2018” (the Report). The Report summarizes data collected by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which tracks infections caused