CARY, N.C. -

Since the pandemic still is causing plenty of problems, the three nationwide credit reporting agencies are continuing information availability for consumers that first launched when COVID-19 arrived.

This week, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion extended their pandemic response service by offering free weekly credit reports to consumers through the end of 2022.

The companies said this benefit will continue to help consumers across the country manage their financial health during the ongoing hardship and economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

The chief executive officer of each company — Mark Begor of Equifax, Brian Cassin of Experian and Chris Cartwright of TransUnion — provided a joint statement on the decision to increase their offerings for the next year.

“We are committed to helping consumers to strengthen their credit and secure their financial future,” they said. “The combined pressures of job changes, inflation, market uncertainty and health anxiety continue to present consumers with enormous challenges.

“Our industry’s hope is to support consumers as they make decisions — big and small — by making it easier to regularly track their financial health,” they continued.

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion reiterated that consumer credit reports are a factual record of credit activity and payment history used by lenders, creditors, service providers and other businesses to extend financial opportunities and other offers to people.

The companies pointed out that credit reports play an important role in financial health for consumers, businesses and the economy.

Consumers can access their free weekly credit reports from each of the three credit reporting agencies at

“Consumers should review all items appearing in each section of their credit reports. If an error is identified, consumers should contact the credit reporting agency immediately to correct that information,” the companies said in that statement.