January 12, 2023

COVID-19 public health emergency extended again, maybe for the last time

McKnight Senior Living

The public health emergency due to COVID-19 has been renewed again for what many experts believe will be the last time.

The extension was not a surprise, given that the government previously promised to give a 60-day notice of when it planned to end the PHE. The previous extension was set to expire today (Jan. 11), meaning that the deadline for providing a 60-day notification would have been Nov. 11.

The PHE now could last until mid-April unless it is renewed again.

With today’s renewal, the COVID-19 PHE rnow has been extended 12 times in 90-day increments since it began Jan. 31, 2020. Previous HHS Secretary Alex Azar initiated it and then renewed it three times in 2020 — on April 21, July 23 and Oct. 2 — as well as on Jan. 7, 2021. Becerra previously renewed it three times in 2021 — on April 15, July 19 and Oct. 15, 2021 — and four times in 2022 — on Jan. 14, April 12, July 15 and Oct. 13.

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