Deadline Missed, so COVID PHE End Date Now Uncertain

The COVID-19 public health emergency will remain in effect until at least mid-January because the Biden administration did not notify states and health providers of any plans to end it.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promised to give stakeholders 60 days’ notice if it intended to let the public health emergency expire. The deadline was Friday.

In October, HHS extended the public health emergency until Jan. 11. The public health emergency was first declared in January 2020 and has been renewed every 90 days since.

“The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency remains in effect, and as HHS committed to earlier, we will provide a 60-day notice to states before any possible termination or expiration,” an HHS spokesperson said.

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