1. Public health emergency declarations and orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be renewed, allowing increased flexibility in the delivery of health care, including telehealth. In Maryland, Governor Hogan is required to renew his declaration of a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency every 30 days. On the federal level, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services extended the Public Health Emergency Declaration until January 31, 2020.
2. On October 1, 2020, the Maryland Secretary of Health issued a revised Order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, with provisions for testing, expanded health care services outside of hospitals and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Subject to availability, all health care providers are required to implement the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment, which includes continued prioritization of face masks for essential services and procedures.
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