On Sept. 6, 2021, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Health had designated COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a risk of harm to the public under the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act), which passed May 5, 2021. As a result, NY employers must now activate their disease exposure prevention plans in accordance with the NY HERO Act.

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