October 6, 2020

HHS renews public health emergency for COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, on October 2, renewed the national public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 for another 90 days.

The renewal will take effect October 23. This is the third renewal of PHE, which has been in effect since late January.


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The emergency declaration gives state, tribal, and local health departments more flexibility to request that HHS authorize them to temporarily reassign personnel to respond to COVID-19.

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