COVID-19 Resources

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Key Points

Updated: June 20, 2020

ICYMI (Week of June 15-20)

  • Today, Saturday June 20, 2020 is World Refugee Day 2020. This year, the focus is on highlighting “the lives, the work and the societal contributions of refugees and migrants for a united response to a common public health threat: the COVID-19 pandemic”. Read more, here.

  • Today, we discuss COVID-19 and pets! Read more in our Recommendations for Industry.

  • This past week, we reviewed TAG’s analysis of states’ current statuses based upon available data.

    • More than a few states have moved into a higher-risk status, thus underscoring the importance of maintaining vigilance and continuing all worker protections (wellness checks, six-foot distancing, employee hygiene, and increased sanitation, and mask usage).

    • To better understand what these observed increases in cases really mean, it’s important to interpret the relevant data (that doesn’t just include case counts). One must also consider infection rate, positive test rate, and hospitalizations/ICU capacity. Read more about how TAG has started digging into the data, here.

    • TAG has provided a breakdown of the test positive rate compared to tests provided per 100K population for each state for June 08 – June 14, 2020. See this chart, here.

    • Every week, TAG will release its weekly analysis of state-by-state risk and recommendations based upon released data sources.

    • For a run-down of the analysis, what you can do with the analysis, and for an update of this week’s analysis, see Wednesday’s Recommendations for Industry. We talk about the current status of positive test rates in the U.S. and the importance of maintaining a high-level of vigilance as states continue to open. Read more, here.

    • For analysis and recommendations for high-risk states, please read Thursday’s discussion. These states include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon, and South Carolina

  • This week, the CDC also posted new guidance on COVID-19 testing strategies. For a summary of its impacts, check out Tuesday’s Recommendations for Industry.

  • Additionally, the CDC and ADA do not permit antibody tests as part of allowing employees to re-enter the workplace. Read more from Friday’s discussion!

  • With the number of warning letters issued to CBD companies for making health claims over the last few months, it seems that that “wild west attitude” is still prevalent, and even heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA and FTC have issued 9 warning letters to CBD companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 cures. Read more about what's happening! 

  • FDA has notified states that they can begin to conduct Produce Safety Rule (PSR) inspections on farms, following their state’s, and any federal, safety and reopening guidelines. Inspections will be phased in while still paying attention to the pandemic. Read more to find out what this means for you! 


Recommendations for Industry

Protecting Pets from COVID-19.

Earlier this week, the CDC updated its discussion on COVID-19 and animals, stating that although the exact source of COVID-19 is unknown, “we know that it originally came from an animal source.” But, while more studies are needed, “there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” and “the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.


It does appear, however, that the virus can spread from people to animals; especially after close contact with a person sick with COVID-19. In several countries (including in the U.S.), a small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with the virus after contact with owners or other people infected with COVID-19. Additionally, lions and tigers in a New York zoo and minks in the Netherlands have also tested positive!


Because of this potential spread, the CDC advises that pets be treated the same as other family members:

  • Do not let pets interact with people outside the household.

  • If a person inside the household becomes sick with COVID-19, not only should the person isolate from others, but they should also be isolated from their pets to minimize the risk of giving COVID-19 to their pets!

Outbreak Updates

As of June 20, 2020 (09:31 ET), there are over 8,688,000 cases (>460,000 deaths) worldwide.

Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.

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