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FDA bans shock devices

Wednesday, March 4, 2020-This week Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Senate legislation, S.3369, while Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), John Katko (R-NY), Pete King (R-NY), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) introduced the House companion, H.R. 6045, the bills would create a standard occupational code for DSPs in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it easier to collect data on DSPs and to professionalize the industry.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST, for over 4 decades The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Massachusetts have been leading legal and broad advocacy to end the use of electric shock devices at the Judge Rottenberg Center, TODAY the FDA finalized the ban on such devices: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-takes-rare-step-ban-electrical-stimulation-devices-self-injurious-or-aggressive-behavior

Updates provided by:

Nicole T. Jorwic, J.D.,
Senior Director, Public Policy at The Arc

EO from Gov. DeSantis regarding COVID-19

STATE OF FLORIDA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-51

(Establishes COVID-19 Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency)

        WHEREAS, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

        WHEREAS, in late 2019, a new and significant outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in China; and

        WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern; and

        WHEREAS, in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has deemed it necessary to prohibit or restrict non-essential travel to or from those countries; and

        WHEREAS, in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Japan, the CDC has advised older travelers and those with chronic medical conditions to avoid nonessential travel and all travelers to exercise enhanced precautions; and

        WHEREAS, the CDC currently recommends community preparedness and everyday prevention measures be taken by all individuals and families in the United States, including voluntary home isolation when individuals are sick with respiratory symptoms, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and disposal of the tissue immediately thereafter, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with 60%-95% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available and routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects to increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak; and

        WHEREAS, two individuals in the State of Florida tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, including a resident of Manatee County and a resident of Hillsborough County; and

        WHEREAS, the CDC currently recommends mitigation measures in communities with COVID-19 cases, including staying at home when sick, keeping away from others who are sick and staying at home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms or if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider; and

        WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Florida remain safe and secure;

        NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.  Because of the foregoing conditions, I direct the State Health Officer and Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, to declare a public health emergency in the State of Florida, pursuant to his authority in section 381.00315, Florida Statutes.  The State Health Officer is authorized and directed to use his judgment as to the duration of this public health emergency.

Section 2.  In accordance with section 381.0011(7), Florida Statutes, I direct the State Health Officer to take any action necessary to protect the public health.

Section 3.  I direct the State Health Officer to follow the guidelines established by the CDC in establishing protocols to control the spread of COVID-19 and educate the public on prevention.

Section 4.  In accordance with section 381.0011(7), Florida Statutes, I designate the Florida Department of Health as the lead state agency to coordinate emergency response activities among the various state agencies and local governments.  The State Health Officer, or his designee, shall advise the Executive Office of the Governor on the implementation of these emergency response activities.

Section 5.  All actions taken by the State Health Officer with respect to this emergency before the issuance of this Executive Order are ratified.

Section 6.  The Florida Department of Health will actively monitor, at a minimum, all persons meeting the definition of a Person Under Investigation (“PUI”) as defined by the CDC for COVID-19 for a period of at least 14 days or until the PUI tests negative for COVID-19.  Active monitoring by the Florida Department of Health will include at least the following:

  1. Risk assessment within 24 hours of learning an individual meets the criteria for a PUI.
  2. Twice-daily temperature checks.

Section 7.  The Florida Department of Health, pursuant to its authority in section 381.00315, Florida Statutes, will ensure that all individuals meeting the CDC’s definition of a PUI are isolated or quarantined for a period of 14 days or until the person tests negative for COVID-19.

Section 8.  I hereby direct the Florida Department of Health to make its own determinations as to quarantine, isolation and other necessary public health interventions as permitted under Florida law.

Section 9.  I direct all agencies under the direction of the Governor to fully cooperate with the Florida Department of Health, and any representative thereof in furtherance of this Order.  Agencies not under the direction of the Governor are requested to provide such assistance as is required.


A pdf copy of this executive order can be downloaded here.

Coronavirus Update

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

January 31, 2020– COVID-19 updates from the Florida Department of Health can be found here.

February 25, 2020– Latest updates from the CDC can be viewed here.

As of February 26,2020, the Florida Department of Health has reported zero active cases of COVID-19 in Florida. The FLDOH reminds Floridians that washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu.