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  • Earlier this month, at the direction of the Governor, the State Department of Health (“DOH”) made a declaration designating COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease, triggering plan implementation provisions under New York’s HERO Act.  The initial declaration stated that the designation would remain in effect until September 30, 2021, at which point DOH would “review the level of transmission of COVID-19 in New York State and determine whether to continue this designation.” As of this writing, no updates have been released. In the meantime, the State Department of Labor has issued updated guidance on model plans and additional information here.


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