COVID-19 Update
May 9, 2020

State of Emergency Extended Through June 7 
Executive Order 202.29 extends the State of Emergency and select previous orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency (EO 202.15-202.21) through June 7. If any regions meet the criteria to reopen prior to that time, approval may still be granted. 

The release of EO 202.29 was widely miscommunicated as an extension of New York on PAUSE. However, according to Cuomo Spokesperson Melissa DeRosa, "Yesterday's Executive Order extended the underlying legal authority for the Emergency Order, but did not change the text of any of the directives in NY ON PAUSE, and so the expiration date of May 15 still stands until further notice. At that time, new guidance will be issued for regions based on the metrics outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier this week."

CDC Revised Symptom Checks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again revised their listing of symptoms of COVID-19. They removed headache as a symptom and "repeated" from the language about chills. Chapters will need to revise their screening practices accordingly. 
CDC Definitions of Quarantine & Isolation
On Friday's call with the Executive Directors, we spoke of the importance of precision in language and definitions. The CDC published guidance on the difference between quarantine and isolation. 
This and all related updates will be cataloged on  The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page   for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.

Josh Christiana , Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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