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50-state survey COVID-19Legal Protections for Public Health OfficialsPublic Health Authority

50 State Survey: Legal Protections for Public Health Officials


Nationwide, state and local public health officials working to protect the public from COVID-19 are on the receiving end of threatening and harassing conduct for simply fulfilling their duty to protect the public health. In response, the Network examined whether states and Washington, D.C., have criminal statutes to address individuals who impede public health officials’ duties with such behavior. This 50-state resource outlines these statutes.