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Community/Organization Information on CDC COVID-19 Website

CDC LogoThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) website includes information pages designed to meet the needs of particular communities and organizations.  For example, the Colleges and Universities page provides information for Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Students – Toolkit for Colleges and Universities, Testing for COVID-19, Case Investigation and Contact Tracing, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing, Toolkit for Ages 18-24, Guidance for Those Living in Close Quarters, Using Transportation, Stress and Coping for Teens and Young Adults, and much more.  Other community/organization tailored pages include Workplaces and Businesses, Retirement Communities, and Tribal Communities.

Capitol Hill Insurrection: Federal Murder Statute

With the death of a Capitol Hill police officer and several of the rioters at last week’s Capitol Hill insurrection, legal research on the crime of murder under the United States Code may have increased. 18 U.S.C.§ 1111 is the federal murder statute that states “Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping, treason, espionage, sabotage, aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse, child abuse, burglary, or robbery; or perpetrated as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture against a child or children; or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree.”

Common law aspects of felony murder are incorporated into the federal statute, begging the question of whether the US Attorney for The District of Columbia will charge hundreds or more people with murder. The argument can be made that the actions of the insurrectionists fall under felony murder because they were committing treason (though Rebellion or Insurrection 18 U.S.C. § 2383 can be argued), attempting murder (several rioters were recorded shouting “Hang Mike Pence,” who was present in the Capitol at the time), kidnapping (several rioters were photographed with plastic zip-tie handcuffs), or burglary (Title 18, Chapter 103 of the US Code (Robbery and Burglary)).

Charges of murder or felony murder in the first degree carry the penalty of death or life imprisonment.

Ohio Department of Health Issues Travel Advisory for 14 States Including Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health has issued a 14-state travel advisory that includes Ohio. All the states have a COVID positivity rate above 15%. The guidance is to self-quarantine for two weeks after traveling to one of those states.

Extensive Information on CDC COVID-19 Vaccines Page

CDC LogoThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) website includes an extensive Vaccines page.  There you will find information on CDC recommendations on Who Gets Vaccinated First, with the goals of decreasing death and serious disease, preserving functioning of society, and reducing the extra burden COVID-19 has on people already facing disparities.  The What to Expect at Your Vaccine Appointment section highlights vaccination fact sheets, individual vaccination cards, and the 2-shot vaccination procedure.  Other key sections provide information on Different COVID-19 Vaccines and Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.

FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Open Access Meetings

FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee “reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines and related biological products which are intended for use in the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of human diseases….”  The Advisory Committee website includes a list of its past and upcoming meetings.  Each meeting has accompanying materials, and many meetings are open access.  The 12/10/2020 meeting will be on Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older.  The 12/17/2020 meeting will be on EUA of the Moderna, Inc., COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older.  Both of these upcoming Advisory Committee meetings are open access, so you are free to connect and get the latest info on the EUA of COVID-19 vaccines.