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November 10, 2021

How COVID-19 Has Impacted State and Local Governance

By Robin Verma

Prior to the United States being affected by the pandemic, there were a few regulations and policies under consideration in terms of telemedicine, and privacy issues around contact tracing was something not even being considered.

When COVID-19 hit, states and local municipalities had to quickly tackle new agenda items and consider different policies and regulations for others.

How have state and local governments reacted? What policies and procedures have quickly been adopted and what are the implications of these down the road?

Besides tackling telemedicine and contact tracing, our states and local governments are also addressing:

  • State taxes and budgets
  • Limiting civil liability to businesses and health care providers
  • Business interruption coverage
  • Changes to workers’ compensation and other workplace issues