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Global Legal Triage and the 2009 H1N1 Outbreak (2009)

Please see below various information, including international and domestic legal declarations of emergency, memoranda, articles, checklists, and other documents that can accessed online or in PDF format (subject to continued availability of active links) on emerging legal issues in response to the global spread of H1N1 in 2009-2010.


International or Regional Declarations of Emergency or Public Health Emergency

U.S. Federal Declarations of Emergency, Public Health Emergency, and Waivers

U.S. State and Territorial Declarations of Emergency or Public Health Emergency

  • U.S. State-Based Emergency Declarations Map (PDF) ~ updated November 6, 2009
  • State of Maryland Declaration of Emergency ~ Emergency Medical Services Staffing (PDF) ~ November 6, 2009
  • State of New York Declaration of State Disaster Emergency ~ October 28, 2009
  • State of Illinois Proclamation of Public Health Emergency (PDF) ~ October 14, 2009
  • State of Ohio Proclamation of Emergency (PDF) ~ October 9, 2009
  • State of Maryland Declaration of State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency (PDF) ~ May 1, 2009
  • State of Florida Declaration of Public Health Emergency (DOC) ~ May 1, 2009
  • American Samoa Declaration of Public Health Emergency ~ May 1, 2009
  • State of Nebraska Declaration of Emergency ~ April 30, 2009
  • State of Wisconsin Declaration of Public Health Emergency ~ April 30, 2009
  • State of Maine Declaration of Civil Emergency (PDF) ~ April 29, 2009 [and renewed on September 30, 2009]
  • State of Texas Disaster Declaration ~ April 29, 2009 through May 29, 2009
  • State of Ohio Declaration of Emergency (PDF) ~ April 28, 2009 through June 12, 2009
  • State of California Declaration of Emergency ~ April 28, 2009

Legal Preparedness and Response to H1N1 - General Links

  • CDC H1N1 Influenza Pandemic Emergency Authorities Matrix (PDF) ~ current as of October 27, 2009
  • Emergency Influenza Containment Act, H.R. 3991 (introduced in Congress)
  • CMS H1N1 Fact Sheets - Section 1135 Waivers
  • Flu.Gov Frequent Questions and Answers re: Declaration of National Emergency
  • The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
  • The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law
  • The Legal Landscape for School Closures in Response to Pandemic Flu or Other Public Health Threats
  • Principles and Practice of Legal Triage During Public Health Emergencies (PDF)
  • Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) Legal and Regulatory Issues Project
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Bioterrorism Prevention, Planning, and Response
  • Will Swine Flu Merit Quarantines? If So, New Law Gives States Authority ~ Deborah Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal Online, April 27, 2009 (quoting James G. Hodge, Jr.)
  • Public Safety vs. Individual Liberty: Health Crisis Leads to New Case, Amir Efrati, Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2009 (quoting James G. Hodge Jr.)
  • CDC Public Health Law Program Swine Flu Legal Preparedness
  • European Public Health Law Network H1N1 (Swine Flu)
  • ABA H1N1/Swine Flu Resources

Legal Preparedness and Response to H1N1 - Workers' Compensation

World Health Organization


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