Public Health Emergency Authority: State Approaches and Impacts from COVID-19

December 17, 2020


Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy

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In March, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This explainer describes the circumstances under which officials in Arkansas and select states may declare a public health emergency, the process for declaring a public health emergency, and the scope of the public health authority.

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