‘We want people to stay in their homes’: Mortgage lenders don’t expect a flood of foreclosures when moratorium ends

At Greenfield Savings Bank, about 20% of mortgage customers are in deferral, said President John H. Howland.

These are people who have told the bank they’ve suffered an economic loss from the coronavirus pandemic.

“It allows people to not make payments,” he said. “It basically goes on the back end of the mortgage.”

But now those deferrals of 30, 60 or 90 days are ending just as the statewide moratorium on mortgage foreclosures is set to end Saturday. A moratorium on residential evictions is also expected to sunset.

All are measures meant to soften the blow and guide households through COVID-19. But even with the moratoriums ending, local mortgage lenders don’t expect a rush of foreclosures to come sweeping through the system, as they did in the 2008-09 recession.

“We don’t know what is going to happen when the deferral period ends and people start payments,” Howland said. “We want

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Trump health official blasts Nevada after state ends use of rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes

A top official from the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday urged Nevada to reverse its decision to suspend the use of two rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes, saying there is no “scientific reason” to justify its action.



Brett Giroir wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.

Nevada health officials have ordered nursing facilities in the state to immediately suspend the use of two tests, manufactured by companies Quidel and Becton, Dickinson and Co., after the officials said the tests repeatedly delivered false positives.

Nevada officials said 23 out of 39 positive antigen test results from both Quidel and BD were later found by PCR to be negative, according to a directive issued

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Eviction moratorium ends as coronavirus deaths continue to mount

Five days after allowing all businesses in the state to reopen so idled workers can return to their jobs, Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted a moratorium that protected people from losing their homes during the pandemic.



A West Palm Beach Emergency Management employee shows off masks that the city's Fire, Police and Emergency Management Departments are distributing to 17 elementary, middle and high schools in West Palm Beach city limits Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The distribution of approximately 26,000 reusable, washable cloth masks is the city's effort to ensure students in the city have facial coverings when in-person schooling resumes. The masks were donated by Palm Beach County, purchased with funds from the CARES Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by congress. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]


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A West Palm Beach Emergency Management employee shows off masks that the city’s Fire, Police and Emergency Management Departments are distributing to 17 elementary, middle and high schools in West Palm Beach city limits Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The distribution of approximately 26,000 reusable, washable cloth masks is the city’s effort to ensure students in the city have facial coverings when in-person schooling resumes. The masks were donated by Palm Beach County, purchased with funds from the CARES Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by congress. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]

With a nearly six-month moratorium on evictions

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