COVID-19 Announcements & Resources

A message from CHPA President Scott Melville

We at CHPA recognize that the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic is challenging each and every one of us in ways we could never have imagined just a few weeks ago. As the nation and our global community respond to this unprecedented situation, our prayers go to those who have been afflicted and our praise and support go out to the healthcare providers, emergency responders, supply chain professionals, and public health officials who are on the front lines trying to contain its spread and ensure adequate testing and treatment options are available. The members of CHPA are similarly providing an essential role in these difficult times, and I know it has placed difficult strains on your organizations. Please know that this situation has our undivided attention. We are tracking developments daily, and we are evaluating all CHPA activities, priorities, and programming with your health and safety at top of mind.

CHPA has mobilized to provide support to its members and our staff is busy responding to specific requests for information or assistance and influencing government and regulatory actions, all while working to maintain our operations from a remote work environment until further notice.

We will be updating this CHPA COVID-19 resource center daily to ensure that CHPA members have ready access to a wide-range of information that could be of assistance to you during this challenging time. As always, however, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the CHPA staff directly if there is a specific need, suggestion, or comment that you may want to share.

We wish you, your staff, and your families the very best as we address this pandemic together.

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Meetings & Events Updates:

At this time, all other CHPA 2020 meetings are proceeding as planned, subject to change as events require, and the other -critical work of CHPA will continue undeterred as we focus on our association’s mission to empower self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.

Shelter in Place and Related Orders

On March 19th, CHPA and several other medical products organizations sent a letter to governors highlighting the need to consider healthcare operations when making decisions about “shelter in place policies” that seek to limit the spread of the virus by keeping people in their homes.

The letter includes the following model language:

For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “Healthcare Operations” including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, companies and institutions involved in the research and development, manufacture, distribution, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology therapies, consumer health products, medical devices, diagnostics, equipment, services and any other healthcare related supplies or services. This shall be broadly construed to include all other activities, supplies, and services required to maintain supply chain operations without disruption. “Healthcare Operations” does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.

On March 19th, the Department of Homeland Security published a memo identifying critical infrastructure employees. Food and pharmaceutical logistics and manufacturing functions are included. CHPA joined a business community coalition urging states to adopt the DHS critical infrastructure guidelines.

CHPA will continue to monitor state and local orders for healthcare related workforce and logistics disruptions as they are announced. The National Association of Counties is tracking county level declarations here. The Council on State Governments is maintaining a list of all state COVID-19 related orders here. The National League of Cities is tracking additional municipal orders here.

The following highly populated states are currently subject to shelter in place policies (updated 3/27/2020 3:00pm):

  • Idaho
    • Blaine County, Idaho – shelter in place   
  • Oregon   
  • Pennsylvania
    • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order that “all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19,” here’s the list of life sustaining businesses.  CHPA member manufacturing and distribution facilities are clearly covered under YES in the “may continue physical operations” column.  Enforcement will begin 12:01 am, Saturday, March 21. 

Understanding the CARES Act, the COVID-19 Relief Package

On March 27th, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law which includes resources for workers and businesses dealing with COVID-19. The bill also includes OTC Monograph Reform and OTC HSA/FSA benefit restoration.

  • CARES Act text  
  • Congressional Research Service Summary of the CARES Act   
  • CARES Act Section-by-Section   
  • Chamber of Commerce Business Provision Summary   
  • CHPA Monograph 1-pager  
  • CHPA HSA/FSA restoration 1-pager  

Federal Actions and Information

Department of Labor Guidance on Family and Sick Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act– Updated March 26th the new guidance includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law. It also includes questions and answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. The new guidance addresses critical issues such as whether employers may post required notice electronically, whether employers must provide notice of this law to recently laid-off individuals, when FFCRA applies to federal workers and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.

CDC Guidance:

CDC continues to update a number of pages, including guidance for employers with employees who are confirmed cases.

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment  of their potential exposure.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

CDC interim guidance for businesses/employers 

Additional Business Continuity Information

  • Covington COVID-19 legal and business considerations checklist: Covington has prepared a checklist of considerations for companies to have in mind as the legal, regulatory, and commercial implications continue to evolve. 
  • List of State Session Developments Relating to Coronavirus-   COVID-19 State Session Updates Chart that lists which states are in session or have suspended operations, and whether hearings, crossover deadlines and other key processes are impacted. 
  • President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act creates two new emergency leave benefits for eligible employees. Read More - Venable LLP
  • Collection of timely and relevant alerts, webinars, and news as global preparations for the impact of COVID-19 continue. Click Here.

Additional COVID-19 Related Resources:

World Health Organization (WHO)