This Week in Public Policy: April 27 - May 1, 2020

This Week in Public Policy, written by DD Council staff person Paul Jarvis, provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level that is of interest to people with disabilities.

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In Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard continues to improve with more data as it becomes available. While not all County Health Departments are tracking COVID-19 cases in ICFs, some are starting to report cases for these settings. The figures available on Friday, May, 1, indicate there have been 37 individuals residing in ICFs and 17 ICF staff that have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Additionally, Developmental Center figures indicated a total 6 positive cases for individuals with disabilities and 41 staff. The state is also reporting there have been deaths of 3 residents of the Northwest Developmental Center. These numbers are cumulative (meaning they do not reflect whether or not anyone has already recovered from their sickness).

In Washington

Nothing to report.

NEXT Week in Public Policy: May 4 - 8, 2020

In Ohio

Although Speaker Larry Householder released a statement indicating that House Committees could begin reconvening the Week of May 4th, with social distancing and scattered staffing days, no committees have been scheduled, as of Friday at 4 p.m.

In Washington

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the COVID-19 Response. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The live stream can be found here.

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19.” Scheduled to testify are Dr. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Gary Disbrow, PhD, Acting Director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development, US Department of Health and Human Services. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The live stream can be found here.

Facts That May Only Interest Me: Cinco de Mayo is the holiday that celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. And while Mexico won that battle, they lost the war. The holiday was originally celebrated as a nod to Mexican resistance to French occupation. Today, Americans celebrate by eating tacos and other Mexican fare. In the Cayman Islands, they celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an annual Air Guitar Competition. Bill and Ted would definitely think that was Excellent!