By
Savannah Hulsey Pointer
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November 13, 2022
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10:00 pm

Biden to extend the COVID public health emergency

According to President Joe Biden's administration, the coronavirus pandemic public health emergency will continue until April in the United States.

With renewals occurring every 90 days, the most recent extension would be the 12th since January 2020, when officials first declared a public health emergency, according to a report by Breitbart News.

Public health officials allegedly anticipate a winter spike in coronavirus cases as people meet indoors more frequently. This is why they decided to extend the emergency.

CNBC reported that authorities are also worried about the proliferation of omicron subvariants.

According to Beckers Hospital Review:

The extension also comes amid uncertainty around public health as winter looms. New Omicron strains — dubbed “escape variants” for their immune evasiveness — have become the dominant strains in the U.S., accounting for 40 percent of all cases in the week ending Nov. 12.

Daily cases in the country are expected to grow 39 percent from Nov. 3-17. Hospital admissions trends are expected to remain stable or be more uncertain, with 1,300 to 7,300 new admissions likely reported on Nov. 25, according to the CDC. As of Nov. 4, the nation’s seven-day average of new hospital admissions was 3,273.

Prior to withdrawing the emergency declaration, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra promised to give 60 days' notice to healthcare providers.

Previously, the public health emergency was scheduled to end on January 11, leaving November 11 as the last day to give 60 days' notice. On Friday, HHS authorities did not issue such a notice.

CNBC also reported:

HHS did not send that notice out on Friday, the deadline, which means the emergency has been extended through the spring, the administration official said. How the U.S. fares against Covid this fall and winter will help determine whether the emergency needs to be renewed again moving forward, Becerra told reporters in October.

The emergency declaration increased public access to Medicaid-based health insurance. When the emergency declaration is revoked, an estimated 15 million people could no longer participate in Medicare or other federal programs.

Written By:
Savannah Hulsey Pointer

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