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Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that DC’s Covid-focused public emergency will remain in place until January 7, 2022. The original public emergency ordinance went into effect on March 11, 2020, meaning the city has now been in a state of public emergency for 18 years. months in a row.
Although the mayor’s order notes the role vaccines have played in minimizing hospitalizations and deaths, the pandemic continues to affect the district. According to the regulation, DC has an average of seven days of 20 new cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants every day. Given the metrics, new variants and further consequences of the pandemic in addition to public health, the mayor has chosen to remain in a state of public emergency.
By doing so, the city can activate the emergency center, issue safety guidelines and set up emergency medical places as needed. The ordinance also helps secure access to federal programs that can help DC’s coronavirus response.
The mayor most recently extended the public emergency in July. The expansion was to expire on Friday, October 8, but will now be in place until 2022.