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Monday, November 23, 2020

NJ Governor Extends the Public Health Emergency

NJ coronavirus cases continue to soar. “At least 15 new coronavirus deaths and 3,968 new cases were reported in New Jersey on Nov. 22. Over the past week, there has been an average of 3,821 cases per day, an increase of 79 percent from the average two weeks earlier, “ The NY Times reported.


The Order will extend the casual relationship enacted presumptions for workers’ compensation purposes that ease the burden of proof and liberalizes the delivery of benefits to essential workers. The Governor pleaded with people to be safe over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. “We know that this Thanksgiving is not what we’re used to – nor what we any of us want to do. We know that there are those who are so yearning for normalcy that they’re willing to risk their family’s health for a big Thanksgiving. We urge you to think beyond this holiday.”


Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 200. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, September 25, and October 24. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.


The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, and September 25. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. 


“Despite the hope that is on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” said Governor Murphy. “We continue to utilize all resources available and will need the ability to do so as we battle this virus through the second wave that has enveloped our nation and our state.”


Executive Order No. 200 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.


For the full text of Executive Order No. 200, click here.


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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  jon@gelmans.com  has been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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