September 4, 2020

Around the nation: NYC delays start of in-person classes amid coronavirus epidemic

Daily Briefing

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday announced the city is postponing its restart of in-person classes under a deal the city reached with teachers to prevent a teachers' strike, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and New York.

    • California: California's Legislature on Monday approved two bills that would require hospitals, general acute-care hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers to build personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpiles for their employees. Under the first bill (SB 275), providers would need to create a 45-day PPE stockpile and the California Department of Public Health would need to create a 90-day PPE stockpile by June 1, 2023, or by one year after the regulations are adopted, whichever comes later. The second bill (AB 2537) would require general acute-care hospitals to stockpile a three-month PPE stockpile by April 1, 2021, or face a fine of up to $25,000. Both bills now head to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who must sign or veto the measures by Sept. 30 (Christ, Modern Healthcare, 9/1).

    • District of Columbia: The Trump administration on Wednesday said the federal government will not pay the World Health Organization (WHO) the nearly $62 million the United States owes in dues to the organization—and will instead use the funds to cover other contributions to the United Nations. The move is related to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from WHO over the organization's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, the administration had paid WHO $52 million of the $120 million the United States owed in 2020 dues. Although the United States is withdrawing from WHO, the country will continue to partake in certain WHO meetings and make one-time contributions to specific programs—including those involving efforts to fight influenza, provide humanitarian relief, and eradicate polio—during a one-year period over which the country's participation in WHO will wind down (Associated Press, 9/2).

    • New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday announced the city is postponing its restart of in-person classes under a deal the city reached with teachers to prevent a teachers' strike. The deal comes after unions representing administrators, staff, and teachers from the city's school district, which is the largest in the country, urged for a delay to allow schools to prepare to resume in-person instruction amid the country's coronavirus epidemic. Under the deal, the city's 1.1 million students will begin hybrid learning, which will include in-person and virtual classes, on Sept. 21 (Perano, Axios, 9/1).
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