Why didn’t FEMA amend the policy to accept a signed statement for all COVID-19 Funeral Assistance applications?

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

Following consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FEMA believes the largest number of undiagnosed COVID-19 cases likely occurred early in the pandemic and prior to the implementation of CDC’s national guidance on death certification related to COVID-19.

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