FAQs: Local Public Health Orders

What should hospitals do if a local public health order contains a requirement that differs from state guidance?

First, read the local public health “order” very carefully. Many documents issued by public health officers (PHOs) are actually “advisories” or “guidance,” rather than orders that carry the force of law. CHA has reviewed PHO documents that have the word “order” at the top of the first page, but the wording of the document instead includes “recommendations” rather than mandates, or discuses activities or actions the hospital “should” take, rather than “must” or “shall” take. Read more  (7/21)