HHS Officially Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration
July 24, 2020
Yesterday, Health and Human Services has officially extended the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for another 90 days.
Secretary Alex Azar endorsed the renewal on Thursday night, ahead of its expiration on Saturday, July 25. With it comes several policy implications for physicians that would have disappeared over the weekend.
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may, under section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, determine that: a) a disease or disorder presents a public health emergency (PHE); or b) that a public health emergency, including significant outbreaks of infectious disease or bioterrorist attacks, otherwise exists.
Duration and Notification: The declaration lasts for the duration of the emergency or 90 days, but may be extended by the Secretary. Congress must be notified of the declaration within 48 hours, and relevant agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, must be kept informed.
For a copy of the renewal, click on the link below: