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COVID-19: Eviction Moratorium Extended; Pause in Therapeutics Distribution

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended to July 31 the eviction moratorium to protect people unable to make rental payments due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The moratorium previously was scheduled to expire June 30.

Public Health Workers’ Mental Health

In a July 25 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC examines data on public health workers’ mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report describes a recent survey of state, local, and tribal public health workers, conducted March 29–April 16, 2021. The survey found 53 percent of public health workers reported symptoms of at least one mental health condition in the two weeks prior to responding.

Symptoms were more prevalent in those who were unable to take time off work, working more than 41 hours per week, and identifying as transgender or nonbinary. Further, the overall presence of mental health symptoms was higher in public health workers than in the general public. The report indicates addressing work practices that contribute to stress and trauma is critical to managing workers’ adverse mental health status during emergency responses in addition to building systems of awareness and developing sustainable coping strategies in work systems.

Nationwide Pause in Distribution of Therapeutics 

The assistant secretary for preparedness and response has paused distribution of bamlanivimab and etesevimab, together and etesevimab alone, on a national basis until further notice. Tests have found the use of bamlanivimab and etesevimab together are not effective against either the P.1 or B.1.351 variants of COVID-19, which are now trending upward in the United States.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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