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CORONAVIRUS: What You Need to Know

Current Information On The Status Of COVID-19 In The United States And Abroad, What Actions States/Territories Have Taken To Address It, And The Latest Efforts By The Federal Government.

Last Updated: March 31, 2020, 10:24 PM ET

NGA Activities

Request For Guidance On The Coronavirus Relief Fund
“We respectfully request that Treasury issue, within the next week, guidance for states outlining Treasury’s interpretation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Such guidance should avoid imposing unnecessarily onerous reporting requirements on states.”

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
A one-page summary of the CARES Act.

Council Letter on Guard Mobilization for COVID-19
The Council of Governors urge the Administration to authorize the use of National Guard members under Title 32, United States Code, specifically 502(f).

NGA State Coronavirus Action Network (SCAN) Calls
NGA is holding regular calls for states to hear from subject-matter experts, learn from their peers in other states, and discuss common challenges related to the coronavirus. The last SCAN call took place on Tuesday, March 24 and focused on building health system capacity to address COVID-19, including strategies to expand the health care workforce, mitigate supply chain issues, and leverage telehealth. Questions? Contact Kirk Williamson or Carl Amritt.


NGA Memos


What is the current state of coronavirus in the United States and abroad?

U.S. officials are monitoring and taking steps to respond to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID- 19 that was first reported in Wuhan City, China. Tens of thousands of cases have been reported in China, where deaths attributed to COVID-19 have now surpassed that of SARS in the early 2000s. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other countries, including the United States.


coronavirus in the U.S. – Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More public health laboratories are able to test for the virus that causes COVID-19, and many are reporting their results publicly. Because states are reporting publicly, sometimes in near real-time, CDC case counts may be different from what states, local authorities, or media are reporting. If there are discrepancies between case counts reported by state and local officials versus reported numbers, the numbers provided by states will be the most up-to-date. CDC information is updated regularly at noon. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting. On Saturday and Sunday, the numbers in COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance and the figure describing the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States will be updated. These numbers are preliminary and have not been confirmed by state and territorial health departments. CDC will update weekend numbers the following Monday to reflect health department updates.

Total cases: 163,539

Total deaths: 2,860

Updated March 31, 2020—Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

States Reporting Cases to CDC

State Details

Coronavirus cases by state

Source: CDC


Coronavirus Global Cases

Source: Johns Hopkins


What steps have states taken to address coronavirus?

At A Glance

State Action Tracking Chart: Spreadsheet | PDF

State Emergency/Public Health Emergency Declarations (All States/Territories)

State emergency/public health emergency declarations have been issued for each state and territory, as well as the District of Columbia.

Alabama |  Alaska |  American Samoa |  Arkansas |  Arizona |  California |  Colorado |  Connecticut |  District of Columbia |  Delaware |  Florida |  Georgia |  Guam |  Hawaii |  Iowa |  Idaho |  Illinois |  Indiana |  Kansas |  Kentucky |  Louisiana |  Massachusetts |  Maryland |  Maine |  Michigan |  Minnesota |  Missouri |  Mississippi |  Montana |  Nebraska |  Nevada |  New Hampshire |  New Jersey |  New Mexico |  New York |  North Carolina |  North Dakota |  Northern Mariana Islands |  Ohio |  Oklahoma |  Oregon |  Pennsylvania |  Puerto Rico |  Rhode Island |  South Carolina |  South Dakota |  Tennessee |  Texas |  Utah |  Vermont |  Virgin Islands |  Virginia |  Washington |  West Virginia |  Wisconsin |  Wyoming


Major Disaster Declaration (31 State/Territory Requests – 27 Approved, 4 Pending)
  • Request Approved: Alabama | California | Colorado | Connecticut | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Illinois | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Missouri | New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Texas | Washington
  • Request Made: Montana | North Dakota | Northern Mariana Islands | Ohio

National Guard Activations By State (47 States/Territories)

Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

National Guard Coronavirus Response


State Employee Restricted Travel/Restricted State Travel (30 States/Territories)

Alaska | American Samoa | Arkansas | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Hawaii | Indiana | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Minnesota | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | Ohio | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Dakota | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin


Domestic Travel Limitations (14 Executive Order | 8 Recommendation)
  • Executive Order: Alaska | Delaware | Florida | Hawaii | Kansas | Kentucky | New Mexico | North Dakota | Oklahoma | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Texas | Vermont | West Virginia
  • Recommendation: Arkansas | Connecticut | Maryland | Massachusetts | Nebraska | South Carolina | Virginia | Wisconsin

Statewide limits on gatherings and stay at home orders (54 Mandatory / 1 Recommended)
  • Stay at home order: Alaska | Arizona | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida* | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Kansas | Kentucky* | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts* | Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Oklahoma* | Oregon | Pennsylvania* | Rhode Island | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | Virgin Islands | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin
  • 3 or more: South Carolina
  • 5 or more: American Samoa
  • 10 or more: Alabama | Arkansas | Iowa | Maine | Mississippi | Missouri | Nebraska* | Nevada | Northern Mariana Islands | South Dakota | Texas
  • 25 or more: Alabama
  • 50 or more: North Carolina
  • Recommended: Arizona

Guam and Puerto Rico also have imposed mandatory limits on large gatherings.

*Massachusetts order is for the ages 70+, guidance for all others; Georgia and Oklahoma’s orders are for vulnerable populations only and includes a 10 person limit to mass gatherings for all others;  Pennsylvania’s order is for 26 counties; Nebraska limits are for 14 counties; Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming have issued stay at home guidance; Florida has issued a stay at home order for south-east Florida, and stay at home guidance for age 65+.


Statewide School Closures (53 Statewide | 3 Local)
  • Statewide: Alabama | Alaska | American Samoa | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Northern Mariana Islands  | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Virgin Islands | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
  • Local: Iowa | Maine | Nebraska

Statewide Closure of Non‐Essential Businesses (55 Recommended / Required / Limited)

Please see this chart for more detail on essential business designations

State Action

Alabama

Closure Required – entertainment venues, athletic facilities, non-essential “close contact” service establishments, and non-essential retail stores
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, breweries

Alaska

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, breweries, food trucks, self-service dining

Arizona

Limited operations recommended- restaurants in counties with confirmed cases
Closures recommended – bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with confirmed cases

Arkansas

Limited operations required – restaurants and bars
Closure required – gyms, indoor entertainment venues

California

Closure recommended – bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs
In-person workforce prohibited at all non-essential businesses

Colorado

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required: bars, restaurants
Closure required – gyms, theaters, casinos, ski resorts

Connecticut

Closure required – gyms, fitness studios, movie theaters
Limited operations required – restaurants

Delaware

In-person workforce prohibited at all non-essential businesses Closure required – bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers, health spas
Limited operations required – restaurants, brewpubs, taverns, taprooms

District of Columbia

In-person workforce prohibited at all non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Florida

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars
Closures required- gyms

Georgia

Closure required – bars

Guam

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – hotels

Hawaii

Closure required – movie theaters, visitor attractions, and places of worship
Closure or limited operations recommended – restaurants, tour companies

Idaho

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Illinois

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Indiana

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, nightclubs

Iowa

Closures required – spas, salons, pools

Kansas

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Kentucky

Limited operations required: restaurants, bars
Closure required – entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities.

Louisiana

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Maine

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential public facing businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Maryland

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Massachusetts

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Michigan

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Minnesota

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Mississippi

Limited Operations required – Restaurants

Missouri

Closure required – casinos
Limited operations required- restaurants

Montana

Limited operations required‐ restaurants
Closure required ‐ fitness facilties, theaters, recreation facilities, casinos

Nebraska

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Nevada

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

New Hampshire

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

New Jersey

In-person workforce at non-essential businesses encouraged to be limited
Closure required – non-essential retail
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

New Mexico

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, food establishments

New York

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

North Carolina

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars
Closure required – gyms, theaters, bowling alleys, recreation facilities

North Dakota

Limited operation required – bars, restaurants
Closure required: recreational facilities and entertainment venues.

Northern Mariana Islands

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, eateries

Ohio

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Oklahoma

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses in counties with reported community spread
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Oregon

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars
Closures required – recreational venues, spas, salons, theaters

Pennsylvania

Required closures of all non-life-sustaining businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants

Puerto Rico

Closure required – all non-essential business

Rhode Island

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars, entertainment venues

South Carolina

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

South Dakota

Suggested alternate operations – restaurants, businesses with telework capacity

Tennessee

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars
Closures required – recreational venues

Texas

Limited operations recommended – restaurants, bars, recreational venues

Utah

Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Vermont

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Virginia

Limited operations required – restaurants
Closure Required – fitness centers, theaters, other recreational facilities

Virgin Islands

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Washington

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

West Virginia

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Wisconsin

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Wyoming

Closure required – salons, recreational facilities, theaters.


Extension of Individual Income Tax Deadlines (42 Filing and Payment | 1 Payment Only | 8 N/A)
  • Filing and Payment: Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Georgia | Guam | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Tennessee | Utah | Vermont | West Virginia | Wisconsin
  • Payment Only: Virginia
  • N/A: Alaska | Florida | Nevada | New Hampshire | South Dakota | Texas | Washington | Wyoming

1135 Waiver (40 Approved)
  • Approved: Alabama | Arizona | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wyoming

Primary Election (25 Already Held | 12 Delayed/Rescheduled | 19 On Schedule)
  • Already Held: Alabama | American Samoa | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Florida | Idaho | Illinois | Maine | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | North Carolina | Northern Mariana Islands | Oklahoma | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia
  • Delayed/Rescheduled: Connecticut | Delaware | Georgia | Hawaii | Indiana | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island
  • On Schedule: Alaska | District of Columbia | Guam | Iowa* | Kansas | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada* | New Hampshire* | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Dakota | Oregon | South Carolina | South Dakota | Virgin Islands | Wisconsin | Wyoming

*Caucus already held, primary on schedule.


State/Territorial Resource Pages and Other Select State Actions:

Governors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of the novel coronavirus. This section outlines actions taken by governors and state and territorial leaders to date. It is not intended to be exhaustive but is meant to highlight key actions and resources that may inform other states and territories as they prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus. 

Several states have introduced legislation to provide supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2020 budgets. For a full list of coronavirus-related state legislation, see the National Conference of State Legislatures’ webpage

Some states and local communities are closing schools in response to the coronavirus. For more information, see Education Week’s webpage

This information will be updated regularly. To share activities and resources, or for questions or updates, please email Kirk Williamson.   

Alabama
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Ivey announced the formation of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force of cabinet and state agency officials, as well as disease specialists in an abundance of caution.  
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Ivey sent a memo to state agency heads directing state employees to notify their department heads, supervisors, and human resource offices if they have traveled in areas affected by the coronavirus. 
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Ivey issued a state of emergency for Alabama.
  • March 14, 2020 – Governor Ivey closed all Alabama public schools beginning close of business Wednesday, March 18 for two and a half weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 15, 2020 – Governor Ivey authorized directors of all state agencies to put different work schedules into place for state employees.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor authorized directors of all state agencies to implement different telework, flexible work schedules and social distancing practices for the next three weeks.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Alabama Department of Labor announced that state employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor emphasized measures taken by financial regulators to protect the financial system within the state.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Alabama Department of Public Health issued updated guidelines stating any restaurant, bar, or brewery shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink for one week.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the primary runoff election will be delayed to July 14.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued a statewide health order. The order includes the following directives through April 5.
    • All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons are prohibited.
    • Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments are not to permit on-premise consumption of food or drink.
    • All beaches are closed.
    • Preschools and childcare centers are closed.
    • All Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors and nonessential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
    • All elective dental and medical procedures shall be delayed.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an updated statewide public health order prohibiting all non-work related gatherings of 25 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons.
    • The updated order also expands the availability of child day care in the state as long as certain guidelines are followed, and includes clarifying language regarding senior citizen centers and schools.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued the second supplemental state of emergency proclamation, instructed appropriate agencies to take the necessary steps and issue the appropriate documents to expedite the movement of vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, and supplies.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued authorization to the Adjutant General with the Alabama National Guard to activate up to 100 guardsmen.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced small businesses are eligible for assistance under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Alabama’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Alabama to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment and forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments in the state’s Medicaid program.
  • March 26, 2020 — The Governor issued a memo on flexibilities for unemployment insurance claims. The state is waiving the work search, wait week, and good cause provisions and waiving all charges against employers who file partial unemployment compensation claims on behalf of their employees, until further notice.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the fourth supplemental State of Emergency with the following provisions: 
    • Requires all public K-12 schools to implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year using alternate methods of instruction;
    • Extends the licensure period applicable to emergency medical services personnel and provides services;
    • Allows notaries to notarize signatures through videoconferences;
    • Allows state agencies to create and retain electronic records and send and accept electronic signatures;
    • Authorizes law enforcement officers to issue summons and complaint in lieu of custodial arrest for any violation or misdemeanor in certain circumstances; and
    • Permits the county or municipality to set a fee schedule for the summons and complaint that is concurrent with the bail fee and court costs associated with a custodial arrest for the same crime.
  • March 27, 2020 – The State Health Officer announced an order with the following provisions:
    • Suspending all non-work-related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work-related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons;
    • Suspending all dental, medical, or surgical procedures with emergency medical exception;
    • Prohibiting visitors to all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities); and
    • Closing in-person instruction or classes at all schools, public and private
Alaska
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services coronavirus resource page.
  • March 3, 2020—The Division of Insurance sent a bulletin allowing access to drug refills during quarantine, promoting utilization of telemedicine, and stating their preparedness plan for COVID-19.
  • March 6, 2020—The Division of Insurance issued another bulletin regarding coverage requirements for cost sharing and coverage of respiratory viruses including COVID-19. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Dunleavy issued a declaration of public health disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 anticipated outbreak.   
  • March 13, 2020 – Governor Dunleavy and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued the State of Alaska’s first COVID-19 health mandate suspending and limiting general public visitation to select state institutions.
    • Additionally, between March 16-30 there will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school and all after school activities will be suspended.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued a second COVID-19 health mandate closing state operated libraries, archives, and museums to the public from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Additionally, residential school programs will begin the process of sending students to their families and home communities by March 27.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed two pieces of legislation to help Alaska’s COVID-19 response and preparedness:
    • House Bill 206 provides financial resources to the Department of Health and Social Services for COVID-19 preparedness and response including $4 million in state funds and provides open ended authority to accept any federal funds for COVID-19 response, as requested by the Governor on March 2.
    • House Bill 29 requires health care insurers to provide coverage for telehealth benefits.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of the Alaska Economic Stabilization Team to develop a plan to protect the state’s economy from the impact of COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced a ban on all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages for public dine-in service.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued COVID-19 Health Mandate 004 pertaining to travelers coming into Alaska from CDC Level 3 countries (high risk) and anywhere outside of Alaska (medium risk) within the last 14 days. The Mandate also provides guidance for what travelers should do upon returning to Alaska.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced COVID-19 Health Mandate 003 which closes all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages within in the State of Alaska to public dine-in service. All buffets and salad bars are likewise closed to self-service. The closure remains in effect until April 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor unveiled the COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan, a statewide approach to provide urgent relief and protect the state’s economy.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced businesses can now apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced Health Mandate 009 Personal Care Services & Gatherings Statewide to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be farther than six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced Health Mandate 010: International and Interstate Travel, Order for Self-Quarantine requiring all people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed House Bill 308 expands unemployment insurance benefits by waiving the one-week waiting period, increasing the weekly benefit for dependents from $24 to $75 per week.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate Bill 74 providing support for teachers and students in rural school districts that experience extremely high costs for internet. This legislation increases the minimum internet speed for all of Alaska’s schools from 10 megabits per second (Mbps) to 25 Mbps and will benefit 168 schools and 30 school districts.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued the following health mandates:
American Samoa
  • March 21, 2020 – The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has been activated per the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) under the National Disaster and Emergency Act 2007.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced the State of Emergency Orders suspending the following activities:
    • Suspends international travel in specific cases;
    • Prohibits public gatherings of more than five people at any public space;
    • Prohibits the operation of public transport such as buses and vans that carry more than five people;
    • Limits public access to flea markets or any market which the public have access to within set hours;
    • Prohibits street vendors from selling any goods beside roads, streets, culverts, or footpaths; and
    • Closes all schools until further notice.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor amended their declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency suspending all entry permits until further notice.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the closing of all public parks and facilities (toilets) will be closed starting March 22, 2020 until further notice.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order 001 recognizing the Declared Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency, and imminent threat to public health. The order requires the immediate and comprehensive enforcement by the Commissioner of Public Safety, Director of Health, Attorney General, and other agency leaders.
    • Business are also required to provide necessary supplies to the public and are prohibited from price gouging.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued a second amendment to the Declared Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency with the following provisions:
    • Suspending the restrictions on “hazard pay” for medical personnel, first responders, and other employees with an increased risk and exposure;
    • Suspending the maximum grant of four (4) hours for excused absences to state personnel under quarantine or unable to attend work; and
    • Partially suspending hearings as it relates to P5 immigrant applications for emergency technical assistance.
Arizona
  • Given similarities between coronavirus and influenza, Arizona’s coronavirus response is guided by the state’s existing influenza pandemic response plan, which was recently updated in May 2019.  
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services is hosting a series of COVID-19 public health webinars tailored to different partners and stakeholders, including law enforcement, health plans, Schools (K-12)/Childcare, EMS/911, businesses, long-term care facilities, and health care providers. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order to provide health officials and administrators with tools and guidance necessary to combat the continued spread of COVID-19 and to reduce financial burdens on Arizonans by lowering healthcare costs associated with the virus. 
  • March 12, 2020 – Arizona signed S.B. 1051, legislation introduced by Senator Kate Brophy McGee to appropriate $55 million to the Public Health Emergency Fund to support Arizona’s efforts to combat the continued spread of COVID-19. 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor and Boys & Girls Clubs Arizona Alliance announced emergency operational funding to support youth impacted by COVID-19 school closures. The partnership will enable state funding to compensate Boys & Girls Clubs to provide expanded services to Arizona families, while encouraging and leveraging private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
    • The Governor also announced the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor ordered a statewide closure of schools through at least March 27.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced the cancellation of large events and mass gatherings such as conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies. 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor ordered a statewide closure of schools through at least March 27.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced large events and mass gatherings such as conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies should be cancelled. 
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the following executive actions:
    • Activation of the National Guard to assist grocery stores and food banks with re-stocking shelves in the face of heightened demand.
    • Signing of an executive order that halts all elective surgeries to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.
    • Signing of an executive order that requires restaurants in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, as well as the closure of all bars in those counties. The order allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food.
    • Signing of an executive order to delay expiration dates on driver licenses ensuring residents over the age of 65 do not need to visit Motor Vehicle Division offices to renew their driver licenses during the public health emergency.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governour announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona that will help small businesses.
  • March 20, 2020 –The Governor announced a two-week extension of school closures through April 10, 2020.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order aimed at providing certainty and economic relief to taxpayers. The order includes the following provisions:
    • Waives the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before they apply for unemployment benefits;
    • Waives work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits;
    • Adds people who work at a business that has been temporarily closed or has reduced hours because of COVID-19, who have to quarantine because of COVID-19, or who have to care for a family member with COVID-19 to the list of people eligible for unemployment insurance; and
    • Waives any increase in employer payments to the unemployment insurance fund for businesses whose employees receive benefits under this provision.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an administrative action extending the deadline for filing and paying state income taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order implementing an Enhanced Surveillance Advisory that will accelerate tracking of COVID-19 cases and strengthen the ability of the Arizona Department of Health Services to respond to the outbreak.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” by the state and providing certainty to business owners, employees, families and allowing child care to remain open.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Arizona’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Arizona to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements and extend current prior authorization approvals.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order delaying the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters remaining in effect for 120 days.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers to offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor notified the Center For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of his decision to exempt the State of Arizona from a federal regulation requiring Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to be supervised by a physician. The reform will expand access to care, especially in rural areas, and free up physicians for other needed medical services.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced a new partnership between the state of Arizona, the BSTRONG Initiative partnering with the Global Empowerment Mission, and the Verstandig Foundation to secure up to 1 million N-95 masks and other equipment for Arizona health care professionals.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor launched the Arizona Together initiative to connect individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed H.B. 2668 to bring more resources into Arizona’s health care system by increasing Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) provider rates for hospitals, doctors and more.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring health care insurance companies to expand telemedicine coverage for all services that would normally be covered for an in-person visit.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced Arizona has received more than $5.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help communities provide meals for older adults.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will waive emissions testing for vehicle owners 65 and older for up to one year to allow them to renew their vehicle registrations.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order with the following provisions:
    • State agencies and boards will defer requirements to renew licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 by six months from the expiration date;
    • State agencies and boards will suspend any rules that prevent or limit the amount of online or alternative learning hours permitted to issue or renew a license; and
    • State agencies and boards will issue provisional licenses to applicants who have met all other requirements of Arizona statute and administrative code but cannot take the exam remotely.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order with the following provisions:
    • Requires hospitals to increase the amount of hospital bed capacity in the state, take steps to optimize staffing levels and maximize critical resources; and
    • Requires hospitals to activate their facility emergency plans.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s largest electric utilities to continue to provide reliable electricity to homes, hospitals, and businesses.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced $5 million in new funding to help Arizonans struggling to make rent as part of a Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program being launched by the Arizona Department of Housing.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed H.B. 2910, legislation to support schools during closures, provide clarity and flexibility on statewide testing requirements and school letter grades, give direction on make-up days and require learning opportunities for students to continue.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed S.B. 1694, legislation to expand access to unemployment benefits and waiving certain Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) eligibility requirements.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed a bipartisan state budget agreement that adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response — dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, food banks and homeless population.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” to promote increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced an initial $6.7 million in funding to support Arizona food banks, nutrition programs and programs that serve the homeless.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year.
Arkansas
  • Arkansas Department of Health Coronavirus Resource Page
  • March 11, 2020 – Governor Hutchinson signed an executive order to declare a public health emergency to facilitate coordination and provide increased support to state agencies that are involved in response to the virus. 
  • March 11, 2020 – The Governor announced that members of his cabinet must approve state employees’ out-of-state business travel for the next 60 days.
  • March 12, 2020 – The Secretary of State ordered the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective March 13. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes.
  • March 12, 2020 – The Governor amended executive order 20-03 to authorize funds from the Governor’s Disaster Fund, Emergency Response Fund in the amount of $750,000 to defray costs for the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management.
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor issued executive order 20-05, permitting health care professionals to consult with patients remotely, rather than in person.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor closed all public schools starting March 17 for on-site instruction until the end of Spring Break.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced the activation of the Arkansas National Guard to assist in COVID-19 response.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor directed the Arkansas Department of Commerce to expedite unemployment benefits to assist Arkansans whose employment status may be impacted by COVID-19, including waiving the waiting period and work-search requirements for 30 days, and allowing the unemployed to apply for benefits online or by telephone.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor ordered the state’s three casinos to close for two weeks. He also announced that he was easing requirements for applying for unemployment benefits to help people who lose their jobs as businesses close or scale back operations.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued executive order 20-06, creating greater flexibility for state agencies to waive or suspend statutes and rules in response to the emergency.
  • March 17, 2020  – The  Arkansas Economic Development Commission established a $7 million loan program to provide assistance to businesses and the Quick Action Loan Program to prioritize small to medium-sized businesses.  
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor made a formal request for a disaster declaration for small businesses, which will open up loans of up to $2 million in working capital from the Community Development Block Grant and the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state would allocate $12 million in block grant money and up to $4 million from the quick-action fund to provide bridge loans to help mid-size companies and nonprofits remain open.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced schools will remain closed for an additional three weeks through April 17 banned sit-down service at all restaurants and bars. Due to dining restrictions, the state is temporarily allowing restaurants to sell beer and wine for takeout or delivery with the purchase of food.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the state will move to telecommuting, with on-site work limited to employees needed for the proper function of government. He also ordered hospitals, clinics, and mental health facilities to screen staff and visitors for temperature and potential symptoms of the virus.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor suspended the renewal process for child-care vouchers for 30 days and will expedite the process once it resumes.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the Department of Human Services (DHS)temporarily relaxed limits on child-care providers to increase capacity by up to five children.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will suspend the work requirement through the end of April.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor authorized the release of $30 million to the Department of Finance and Administration for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and first responders.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order expanding the provisions under the Telemedicine Act. The order includes the following provisions: 
    • Suspends provisions that require an in-person encounter or a face-to-face examination to allow time audio and visual means to establish a professional relationship;
    • Allows reimbursement to health care providers who take advantage of this provision; and
    • Suspends the Rules and Regulations of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling to allow licensed counselors to treat their clients by telephone.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced the extension of the tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued a directive closing in-person operations of all barbers, body art establishments and schools, cosmetology establishments, massage therapy clinics/spas, and medical spas.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued executive order 20-05 to leverage telehealth allowing doctors to intake new patient over the phone.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued the official call to legislators for an extraordinary session of the 92nd General Assembly to do the following:
    • Create the COVID-19 Rainy Day Fund;
    • Confirm gubernatorial appointees; and
    • Provide for the payment of expenses and per diem of the House of Representatives and the Senate for this extraordinary session.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the Arkansas State Medical Board has granted emergency temporary licenses to medical residents who have completed at least one year of internship and waived all licensing fees.
    • The medical board has also accelerated its overall licensing process.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is submitting a Medicaid Section 1115 waiver to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide $116 million in additional Medicaid funding to protect Arkansas health care workers, their patients, and to support health care providers.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a new plan with an emphasis on Arkansas’s rural providers including the following:
    • Waiving of Medicaid regulations, with an estimated cost of $116 million;
    • Providing financial assistance to hospitals with fewer than 65 beds and clinics without the capital to adapt their facilities to new care delivery processes;
    • Providing safe face-to-face service by extending clinic hours or staggering schedules to separate patients;
    • Providing assistance to expand and upgrade telemedicine so doctors can treat patients from their homes, with telemedicine training funded by the state; and
    • Providing funding to companies that provide non-emergency transportation.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced $45 million funding will be allocated to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators for health care professionals and first responders as they test and treat patients.
California
  • March 2, 2020—Governor Newsom is requesting emergency action from the legislature to make available up to $20 million for the COVID-19 response.  
  • March 3, 2020—California’s Public Health Department announced that it received federal approval to use some of its emergency planning reserves of 21 million N95 filtering facepiece masks in certain low-risk situations to relieve pressure on the supply chain. March 4, 2020—Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency to help state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.
  • March 5, 2020 – California Employee Development Department announced support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. 
  • March 5, 2020 – the California Department of Insurance issued similar direction providing cost free medically necessary testing for an additional 2 million Californians. 
  • March 7, 2020 – California officials issued updated guidance to schools, colleges and universities, event organizers and public health officials as they plan for further spread of COVID-19. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Newsom announced that gatherings larger than 250 people should be cancelled or postponed.
  • March 11, 2020 – California public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. 
  • March 12, 2020 – California issued a new executive order further enhancing California’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s order:
     
    • Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19; 
    • Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings;
    • Directs residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria; 
    • Readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals; 
    • Allows local or state legislative bodies to hold meetings via teleconference and to make meetings accessible electronically; and 
    • Allows local and state emergency administrators to act quickly to protect public health.   
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor released information including support for workers via unemployment insurance (UI) and disability insurance (DI) who have to quarantine or experience reduced hours due to coronavirus.
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts retain state funding even in the event of physical closure. The order directs school districts to use those state dollars to fund distance learning and high-quality educational opportunities, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision for students during school hours.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close and urged seniors and people with chronic health conditions to isolate themselves at home in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
  • March 15 – The Governor announced pilot programs in two counties that will begin mobile testing in the next 24-48 hours.  
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order directing state health and social services agencies to redirect resources and staff to health care, residential and non-residential facilities licensed by the state, focusing on providing technical assistance and supporting compliance with core health and safety requirements for caregivers and the cared for.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor asked the California Legislature for emergency legislative action to combat COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor directed the National Guard to be prepared to perform humanitarian missions across the state including food distribution, ensuring resiliency of supply lines, as well as supporting public safety as required.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed emergency legislation providing up to $1 billion in funding to help California fight COVID-19. The package also provides $100 million in funding for personal protective equipment and cleaning for schools that remain open. It also allows schools to maintain funding despite service disruptions.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor authorized $150 million in funding to protect homeless Californians from COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to suspend standardized testing for students.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new COVID-19 public awareness campaign to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order extending the eligibility period for important safety net services to ensure that California’s most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance and in-home supportive services in a timely manner.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an order for all individuals living in the state to stay home or at their place of residence.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the deployment of California National Guard members to provide short-term food security to isolated and vulnerable residents.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order allowing vote-by-mail in three upcoming special elections and extending deadlines for the presidential primary canvass.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order giving the state the ability to increase the health care capacity in clinics, mobile health care units, and adult day health care facilities. The executive order also allows local governments more flexibility to utilize the skills of retired employees and reinforces the importance of the delivery of food, medicine, and emergency supplies.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor directed more than $42 million in emergency funding to expand California’s health care infrastructure and secure equipment and services.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced President Donald Trump has approved California’s Presidential Major Disaster Declaration.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved California’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables California to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 –The Governor issued an executive order directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities.
  • March 24, 2020 – The California Infrastructure and Development Bank (IBank) offered the following loan programs for small businesses affected by disasters in California:
    • Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program which provides loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas; and
    • Jump Start Loan Program to help low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster/emergency areas.  
  • March 24, 2020 – The California Employment Development Department announced employers experiencing a hardship may request up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.  
  • March 24, 2020 –The Governor announced a financial relief package with the following provisions:
    • Financial institutions will offer mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers;
    • Financial institutions will not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies, consistent with applicable guidelines;
    • For at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines; and
    • For at least 90 days, financial institutions will waive or refund for select fees and charges.
  • March 24, 2020 –The Governor announced a financial relief package with the following provisions:
    • Financial institutions will offer mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers;
    • Financial institutions will not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies, consistent with applicable guidelines;
    • For at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines; and
    • For at least 90 days, financial institutions will waive or refund for select fees and charges.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters through May 31, 2020.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to enhance the authority of California’s Judicial Branch to take emergency action to conduct business and continue to operate.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced leading social media companies, businesses, leaders and individuals from across the state have leapt into action to partner and support the COVID-19 public awareness campaign.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds known as the California Health Corps.
Colorado
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Polis signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and requesting certain actions:
     
    • The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is directed to engage in emergency rulemaking to ensure workers in food handling, hospitality, child care, health care, and education can get paid sick leave. 
    • For workers who test positive and lack access to paid leave, the Governor is directing CDLE to identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance.   
    • The Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration will engage in emergency rulemaking regarding state employees.  
    • The Department of Revenue is directed to temporarily allow Coloradans over the age of 65 to extend their driver’s licenses online to avoid having to congregate at DMVs. 
    • The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment will be opening a drive-up lab at their facility in Lowry to test anyone who has a note from their doctor stating that they meet the criteria for testing.  
    • Governor Polis also encouraged the private sector to voluntarily offer paid sick leave. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Polis issued guidance to all K-12 schools recommending that if they have a student or faculty member who tests positive that they close for 72 hours, allowing for schools to be disinfected and for the epidemiologists to conduct an investigation and recommend next steps for those schools. More details on the guidance are available here.  
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Polis also instructed the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Department of Human Services to engage in emergency rulemaking to limit visitation to facilities that serve older Coloradans, to screen all employees and visitors to these facilities, and to take necessary steps to protect those in these facilities.
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance for large gatherings, recommending canceling or postponing any events with more than 250 people unless there are steps taken to ensure a distance of at least six feet between smaller parties at the event. The Governor’s update also highlighted the following actions:
    • The Division of Insurance has made allowances for seniors to get an extra month’s supply of prescription medications.
    • The state activated the National Guard to provide additional testing capacity around the state and train other community medical providers on standing up their own mobile testing labs.
    • The Governor instructed the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies to cut through red tape on licensing medical professionals so that medical professionals with licenses in other states can be licensed in Colorado as quickly as possible. The state has already contracted to have dozens of nurses from out-of-state arrive on Monday to help with Colorado communities that have been hit the hardest. CDPHE has also authorized every EMT and paramedic in the state to administer the test.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order directing downhill ski resorts to suspend operations for one week to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical resources in the state’s mountain communities.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is restricted all visitors at skilled nursing, assisted living, and intermediate care facilities to protect the health of the residents and health care workers at those facilities.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of COVID-19, effective at 8:00 AM on March 17 for the duration of 30 days.
  • March 16, 2020 –The Governor announced Department of Motor Vehicles and all Department of Revenue facilities will be closed to the public for one month from March 18 – April 18. All state driver license offices will be closed to the public but will continue to process online license and ID renewals and other DMV online services.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Education has received a waiver from the US Department of Agriculture to continue serving free and reduced meals to r students while schools are closed.
  • March 16, 2020 – The State of Colorado welcomed 50 nurses dedicated to help with the state’s COVID-19 response. This was made possible with funding from the Disaster Emergency Fund freed up by the Governor’s March 11 Executive Order.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of the Doing My Part CO digital campaign to encourage residents to practice proper hygiene and social distancing, as well as getting groceries or medicine for elderly neighbors.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order and House Bill 20-1359 allowing Colorado’s political parties to amend certain rules and procedures governing the conduct of their assemblies and conventions and to limit in-person contact during nominating assemblies and conventions.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of the Help Colorado Now effort where Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17. The executive order also directs the following actions:
    • Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute will make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities while taking into account the needs of local communities.
    • The Commissioner of Education will issue guidance to support P-12 school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for instructional time as appropriate.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order extending the suspension of downhill ski area operations through April 6. The order extends his previous order suspending ski area operations until March 22.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed two bills:
    • HB 20-1301: Allowing local school district boards of education to adopt policies allowing board members to participate in meetings electronically, as long as a quorum of board members is physically present.
    • SB 20-091: Setting the minimum pay for a member of the Colorado National Guard to be equivalent to the pay rate of an enlisted person holding the rank of E-4 with over six years of service.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order temporarily suspending elective and nonessential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an updated executive to limit in-person contact concerning elections operations of the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an updated public health order closing bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms, and casinos to include nonessential personal services facilities, horse track, and off-track betting facilities statewide.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Division of Insurance and Connect for Health Colorado announced Emergency Regulation 20-E-02 will establish a special enrollment period for uninsured Coloradans to get health insurance.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor secured a federal loan valued at $2 Million for small businesses as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.  
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor established the Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative, which will create a system of emergency childcare for essential workers, including healthcare and public safety workers.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is working with state-chartered financial institutions to address the threat of residential and commercial foreclosures and displacement.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Unemployment Insurance Division to expedite claim payments during this state of emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced an executive order extending the income tax payment deadline for all Colorado taxpayers by 90 days until July 15, 2020, without penalty or interest. The order includes the following provisions:
    • Does not impose any caps on the amount of tax that can be deferred.
    • Grants an extension for taxpayers who are required to make estimated income tax payments for the 2020 tax year.
    • Directs the Department of  Revenue (DOR) to coordinate with local governments that choose to extend tax payment deadlines for property, sales, and use taxes.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the Governor’s Economic Stabilization and Growth Council.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order allowing retailers licensed for the sale of on-premises alcohol consumption to sell, deliver or provide takeout for sealed alcoholic beverages if the customer also purchases food. The order includes the following provisions:  
    • Suspends the requirement of a physical examination for a medical marijuana card to be issued; and
    • Suspends the prohibition on online sales for retail marijuana stores.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent. The order includes the following provisions:  
    • Directs all employers to implement telework options to the greatest extent possible.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor launched the state’s Innovation Response Team (IRT) to bring together public and private sector resources and innovations.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. that will last until April 11, 2020.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor released an updated public health order in accordance with his executive order implementing a statewide stay-at-home order to include other critical services.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order authorizing certain state agencies to promulgate and issue emergency rules extending the expiration date for certain licenses and other documents to limit in-person renewals.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order updating protocol for state prisons and community corrections facilities by providing flexibility to suspend certain requirements.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Colorado’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Colorado to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order temporarily suspending the personal appearance requirement before notarial officers to perform notarizations. The order also authorizes the Secretary of State to promulgate and issue temporary emergency rules in order to facilitate remote notarization. 
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order allowing Coloradans to get their marriage licenses without going in person.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order allowing the state to access additional funds from the Disaster Emergency Fund.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), took action to reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers. The emergency regulation 20-E-03 removes restrictions on two different types of auto insurance for the duration of Public Health Order 20-22.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced an updated public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order. The changes include:
    • Critical businesses must comply with a stay at home and social distancing requirements and should minimize staff to those who are critical to the functioning of the business;
    • Necessary travel now includes transporting children between separate households pursuant to a parenting plan or other agreement governing parental responsibilities and non-residents returning to their place of residence;
    • Essential government services now include airports, activities related to the conduct of elections, and local governments; and
    • Minimum basic operations now include filling online product orders and to process customer orders remotely.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced that President Donald Trump has approved his request in declaring a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado.
Connecticut
  • March 7, 2020—Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • March 9, 2020—The Governor also issued an immediate freeze on state employee travel on state business outside of Connecticut until further notice. 
  • March 9, 2020—The Department of Insurance has a bulletin which encourages insurers to consider waiving cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and also highlights other related benefits. 
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies. The declarations trigger price gouging laws, and make clear that municipal leaders have emergency powers to mitigate disasters and emergencies 
  • March 10, 2020—The Connecticut Insurance Department is notifying travel insurance companies about the emergency declarations and will be monitoring their compliance with the terms of their policies. 
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Lamont announced that his administration is working with health insurance carriers in Connecticut to cover the costs for COVID-19 testing and to assure access to maintenance prescription drug medications (excluding controlled substances). 
  • March 11, 2020—Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Mais issued a notice to all travel insurers conducting business in Connecticut. The notice instructs insurers to accommodate travel cancellation requests under the terms of the policies taking into account the seriousness of the circumstances and the civil preparedness and public health emergencies issued by Governor Lamont. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Lamont made an emergency request from the Strategic National Supply for a total of 540,000 additional N-95 protective masks. 
  • March 12, 2020 – Connecticut signed an executive order that takes several actions:
     
    • Prohibits all events in the state with over 250 people; 
    • Modifies the state law requiring schools to be in for 180 days; 
    • Clarifies visitor restrictions at all nursing and convalescent homes; 
    • Authorizes DMV to extend renewal deadlines to reduce crowds at DMV branches; and 
    • Relaxes attendance rules for police academy trainees. 
    • The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles ordered a 90-day extension on all license renewals. 
    • Connecticut has made an emergency request from the Strategic National Supply for a total of 540,000 additional N-95 protective masks. 
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order granting the commissioner of the Department of Public Health additional authority to restrict visitation to facilitates such as nursing home facilities, residential care homes, and chronic disease hospitals.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor signed his third executive order since the enactment of the emergency declarations earlier in the week. The latest order:
    • Relaxes in-person open meeting requirements to minimize large gatherings, with safeguards to provide remote public access;
    • Allows pharmacists to compound and sell hand sanitizer;
    • Waives requirements for pharmacists to use certain personal protective equipment when working with non-hazardous, sterile compounds;
    • Authorizes refunds of liquor permit fees for special events that have since been canceled;
    • Waives face-to-face interview requirements for Temporary Family Assistance;
    • Authorizes the Commissioner of Early Childhood to waive certain licensing and other requirements to maintain and increase the availability of childcare; and
    • Authorizes the Office of Health Strategy to waive Certificates of Need and other requirements to ensure adequate availability of healthcare resources and facilities.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor directed telework requirements to be eased for certain executive branch state employees, allowing an increased number of employees to work from home. He is also providing executive branch state employees who cannot report to work due to COVID-19 14 days of paid time off.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Connecticut National Guard is aiding the state with requests for assistance.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Cancels classes at all public schools statewide effective March 17 through at least March 31, 2020.
    • Provides flexibility for municipal budget deadlines and related issues.
    • Authorizes the DMV commissioner to close branches to the public, conduct business remotely, and extend deadlines.
    • Allows restrictions on visitor access to psychiatric facilities in order to protect vulnerable residents, patients, and staff.
    • Requests the Small Business Administration issue a declaration enabling Connecticut’s small business owners to receive disaster assistance.
    • Extends the Department of Revenue Services filing deadline for certain annual state business tax returns.
    • Releases a set of rules to pharmacies so they can begin producing and selling their own hand sanitizer while ensuring its effectiveness and safety.
  • March 15, 2020 – The State Department of Education received a waiver from the federal government allowing students who receive meals under the school lunch program to continue receiving those meals during school closures and consume them at home.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed his fifth executive order, which directs the following actions:
    • Revises the previously enacted prohibition on large gatherings to a capacity of 50 people, and adds religious gatherings to the list of activities subject to the limit.
    • Limits restaurants to non-alcoholic beverage and take-out/delivery services only, effective 8:00 PM on March 16;
    • Requires closure of on-side operations at off-track betting facility operations, effective 8:00 PM on March 16; and
    • Requires closure of gyms, fitness studios, and movie theaters, effective 8:00 PM on March 16.
  • March 16, 2020 – Drive-through testing has been approved at seven Connecticut hospitals.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy provided guidelines for a streamlined application, review, and approval process so healthcare providers can adjust treatment services for those afflicted with COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations will temporarily close casino and resort properties on sovereign reservation lands in eastern Connecticut amid concerns about the coronavirus. The casinos will close at 8PM on Tuesday, March 17 for a two-week period.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus throughout the tri-state area.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed his sixth executive order building upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. The provisions of the order include the following:
    • Modifies previously enacted waiver of 180-day school year to grant broader flexibility to school districts;
    • Allows police departments to limit or eliminate fingerprinting for background checks;
    • Extends expiration dates for permits, licenses, and other credentials administered by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and
    • Suspends the requirement that public assistance benefit overpayments be immediately recouped.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Department of Economic and Community Development launched the COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit to aid businesses in economic recovery.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Department of Motor Vehicles and Revenue Services suspended in-person visits at all of their branches. Certain deadlines are being extended, and customers are also encouraged to conduct transactions online.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection suspended enforcement activities at bottle collection facilities, giving stores discretion to shut them down. They are also suspending in-person visits at their main office.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to:
    • Closed large indoor malls and places of amusement (but not parks and open space areas) effective 8:00 p.m. on March 19;
    • Allow Medicaid to cover audio-only telehealth services;
    • Provide flexibility for critical legal functions regarding conservators and competency hearings to ensure the safety of nursing home patients; and
    • Exempt certain schools inside state facilities from the school cancellation order.
  • March 18, 2020 – Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace announced a new special enrollment period for residents who are uninsured.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced that the Governor of Pennsylvania is joining their coalition to implement a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. The Governors expanded their previous orders to include:
    • Limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people;
    • Closing restaurants and bars for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only; and
    • Temporary closing of movie theaters, gyms, and casinos.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Postponing Connecticut’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, 2020.
    • Suspending non-critical court operations and associated requirements, deadlines, and statutes of limitations.
    • Permitting certain restaurants and other eating establishments to sell alcohol with takeout food orders and certain other licensees to sell for off-premise beverages.
    • Directing the temporary closure of barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and related businesses.
    • Expanding the ability of patients and doctors to use telehealth for healthcare services.
    • Temporarily suspending in-person investigation visits regarding suspected elder abuse and extending timelines for reporting investigation results.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced Connecticut’s 2020 presidential primary election will be rescheduled to June 2.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor launched a framework for the donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions if they are able to, effective March 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services announced it is extending filing and payment deadlines for personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles announced a series of new extensions and waivers on several credentials, including vehicle registrations, emissions testing, and other items.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order providing broad relief for municipalities regarding procedures, notice requirements, and deadlines for various proceedings and decisions. In addition, the executive order enacts several necessary changes related to Medicare Part D and HUSKY B costs, student privacy, visitation in the Department of Children and Families facilities, pharmacy regulations, and corporate meetings.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor delivered a recorded voice message to more than four million phone numbers in Connecticut through the state’s CTAlert system in an effort to urge all residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home” as part of a larger initiative.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Suspends non-critical probate court operations;
    • Suspends non-critical Workers’ Compensation Commission operations;
    • Authorizes remote notarization;
    • Modifies regulatory requirements to protect public health and safety; and
    • Suspends certain requirements regarding the temporary hire of care workers at long-term care facilities.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order directed non-essential workers statewide to work from home.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced drive-through testing sites have been added at 5 more hospitals, bringing the statewide total of these alternate testing locations to 21.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Public Health signed an order easing the rules for out-of-state practitioners to provide services in Connecticut.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Extends the cancellation of classes at public schools statewide through at least April 20;
    • Orders the early opening of the fishing season;
    • Suspends restrictions on the re-employment of retired municipal employees;
    • Permits flexibility to maintain adequate medical marijuana access for patients;
    • Extends the time period for nursing home transfers;
    • Enacts flexibility in availability and registration of vital records;
    • Suspends in-person purchase of copies of vital records at the Department of Public Health; and
    • Modifies the requirement that marriage licenses be obtained in the town where the marriage will be celebrated.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of a task force of superintendents to oversee distribution of remote learning resources.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order with the following actions:
    • Authorizing state agencies to extend statutory regulatory administrative deadlines by 90 days;
    • Suspending mandatory statutory filing requirements for Freedom of Information Act appeals and decisions by the Freedom of Information Commission; and
    • Tolling of time periods for Department of Transportation final determinations on permits.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program to provide zero-interest loan programs to Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Connecticut’s Office of Healthcare Strategy (OHS) issued an order further streamlining the approval and licensure process for the state’s hospitals to simply complete a notification form, rather than apply for a Certificate of Need waiver.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Restricts all social and recreational gatherings to no more than five people;
    • Restricts restaurant payment and pickup operations;
    • Further restricts retail operations;
    • Requires firearm transactions to be conducted by appointment only;
    • Suspends tax on single-use checkout bags;
    • Prohibits employers from requiring employees to place items in customers’ reusable bags;
    • Suspends 21-month limit on Temporary Family Assistance; and
    • Suspends school testing assessments for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor submitted a request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • March 27, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Connecticut’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Connecticut to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Suspending of license renewals and inspections by the Department of Public Health, modifying certain state statutes to authorize the Commissioner of Public Health to waive licensing, renewal, and inspection requirements;
    • Modifying certain state statutes to allow health care providers to provide direct patient care at a health care facility or institution, with the permission of such facility or institution, using the identification badge from their own healthcare facility or institution;
    • Waiving certain state statutes to permit the compounding of alcohol-based hand sanitizer production and the production of medical devices, including personal protective equipment used to assist in the treatment of COVID-19, without being required to register as a manufacturer; and
    • Authorizing the Commissioner of Early Childhood to waive the fees required to be paid by the parents or legal guardians of children eligible for remote early intervention services such as the Birth-to-Three program.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) approved a request from licensed driving schools in the state to provide online classroom training to their students.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order authorizing to provide for non-congregant housing for persons at risk.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced that the President has approved his request in declaring a Major Disaster for the State of Connecticut.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued an order directing state, local, and private sector partners to transition the homeless population into alternative, less congested housing for the purpose of providing adequate social distancing between all individuals.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
    • Requirement of limited group sizes in childcare: The order requires all childcare facilities to limit group sizes to no more than 10 children in one space.
    • Enhancement of health procedures for all operating childcare programs: The order requires all children and childcare staff to be checked at the entrance of childcare facilities for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress, and to confirm temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Authorization of remote notarization: The order eliminates all existing legal requirements to have a signature on any document witnessed by a third party, except in the case of a last will and testament.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Department of Public Health (DPH) issued an order suspending the need for all DPH licensees to renew their licenses throughout the duration of the declared COVID-19 emergency.
    • DPH also temporarily modified the authority of sub registrars of vital statistics, who are appointed by the local registrars of vital statistics, allowing them to issue burial transit, removal, and cremation permits for any death occurring in any town within the state for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) announced that it will be granting a two-month extension of filing and payment deadlines for certain small businesses.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced the Governor’s Health System Response Team who will advise on the proper allocation and distribution of needed resources, supplies, and personnel.
Delaware
  • March 12, 2020–Governor Carney issued a State of Emergency declaration to prepare for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The emergency declaration also:
     
    • Requires the Delaware National Guard to take precautionary and responsive actions to assist with Delaware’s response to the coronavirus; 
    • Advises event organizers in Delaware to cancel non-essential public gatherings of 100 people or more, to prevent community spread of coronavirus; 
    • Allows the State of Delaware to conduct public meetings electronically to prevent unnecessary public gatherings; 
    • Prohibits price gouging, or an excessive price increase of goods or services, during the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • March 13, 2020–The Governor directed a two-week closure of Delaware public schools
  • March 16, 2020 – The Delaware Department of Education received a waiver from the federal government to allow school nutrition programs to provide meals to students during the closure.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor authorized all executive branch agencies to conduct public meetings electronically to prevent unnecessary public gatherings until further notice.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Delaware Department of Transportation announced at the state’s three toll plazas there will be no toll collectors working to collect cash payments. All traffic will be directed through the EZPass lanes and motorists without EZPass will receive a bill in the mail for the toll with no penalty or processing fee.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor modified the March 12 emergency declaration to limit Delaware restaurants, taverns and bars to take-out and delivery service. The declaration that took effect at 8:00 PM on March 16 also bans public gatherings of 50 or more people, consistent with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and closes gaming activity at Delaware casinos. The modification also provides Delaware’s Secretary of Labor authorization to develop emergency rules to protect Delaware workers and ensure that unemployment benefits are available for Delawareans whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor approved the following changes to Delaware’s unemployment benefits program for the hospitality industry:
    • The Department of Labor (DOL) will begin processing unemployment claims as they are received with the goal of benefits becoming available within a week;
    • DOL will allow part-time income while collecting benefits as long as employees can demonstrate their decreased hours and earnings; and
    • DOL will not classify tipped employees as minimum wage earners as long as their tips are reported as wages.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued a second modification to his emergency declaration that allows any restaurant, brewpub, tavern or taproom with a valid on-premise license to sell alcoholic beverages as part of transactions for take-out food or drive through food service.  The modification also requires the closure of bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and health spas.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to allow flexibility to provide child care options for Delaware families and health care workers.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced a coordinated statewide plan to ensure individuals have access to safe and efficient testing in Delaware. Tests will be administered at no cost to patients.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the state and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are partnering to make more, much-needed hand sanitizer available to the state government.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued a third modification to his emergency declaration, ordering Delaware beaches closed. The public is prohibited from accessing the beach except to exercise or walk dogs where dogs are permitted.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his emergency declaration, ordering Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible and closing all non-essential businesses in Delaware to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor declared a Public Health Emergency and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) issued a companion order focused on the following:
    • Nurses, doctors, mental health care providers, pharmacists and other health care professionals who have active licenses or certificates of good standing in any U.S. jurisdiction are authorized to provide in-person health care services in Delaware throughout the emergency, as well as telemedicine services; and
    • Delaware health care professionals whose licenses expired in the last five years are authorized to provide health care services in Delaware, assuming their licenses were in good standing for the five-year period.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor ordered all Delaware schools to remain closed through at least Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued the sixth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, moving Delaware’s presidential primary to June 2, and suspending residential foreclosures and evictions.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced a modified state of emergency requiring insurers not to cancel or fail to renew the insurance policies of those people and business facing economic impacts.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the expansion of the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (H.E.L.P.) to provide financial relief for additional industries impacted and makes personal care services businesses.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced a new program to provide emergency housing assistance to renters affected by shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours, or unpaid leave.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Delaware’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Delaware to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements and extend fair hearing timelines
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor Sunday signed the seventh modification to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering all out-of-state travelers into Delaware to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days to fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed the eighth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which allows child care programs in Delaware to be designated as emergency child care sites.
Florida
  • Florida Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 1, 2020—Governor DeSantis signed an executive order directing the state health officer to declare a public health emergency and take any actions needed to protect the public health.
     
    • The order directs the Florida Department of Health to actively monitor all persons meeting the CDC definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for at least 14 days or until the PUI tests negative for COVID-19. Active monitoring will include at least: a) a risk assessment within 24 hours of when the individual meets the criteria for a PUI and b) twice daily temperature checks. 
    • The executive order also designated the Florida Department of Health as the lead agency to coordinate emergency response activities. 
  • March 9, 2020—Governor DeSantis declared a state of emergency allowing nurses and doctors from other states to work in Florida and pharmacists to issue emergency 30-day prescriptions. The order also allows officials to activate the Florida National Guard, purchase medical supplies more swiftly, and establish field hospitals. 
  • March 12, 2020 – Florida activated of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. 
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Florida Division of Emergency Management under direction of the Governor deployed three field hospitals across the state to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 17, 20202 – The Governor ordered bars and nightclubs in Florida to close for 30 days and directed restaurants to operate at 50% of their maximum capacity to allow for social distancing.
  • March 17, 2020 – Florida state school officials closed K-12 public schools until April 15 and announced the suspension of mass campus gatherings, including sports events.
  • March 17 – Florida received federal approval for a Section 1135 waiver to provide more flexibility for the health care delivery system to respond to increased cases of COVID-19. The waiver allows Florida to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow the provision of facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump formally requesting that he declare a Major Disaster.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced President Donald J. Trump has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement the state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. 
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Children and Families to waive work requirements to allow more participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order expanding a previous directive that airline travelers from the New York City area self-quarantine for 14 days to include people from Louisiana who enter the state on Interstate 10.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced he would suspend vacation rentals for two weeks.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that he is issuing a stay-at-home order for the southern portion of the state including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties through the middle of May.

Georgia
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Kemp ordered most state employees to work from home, but has not shut down the state capitol. He also initiated a “call to order” for schools and daycare, which allows them to shutdown if local administrators are in agreement to do so.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Kemp requested 100 million in state funds to combat COVID-19. 
  • March 13, 2020 – Governor Kemp issued a public health emergency for the state.
  • March, 14, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order calling National Guard troops to active duty. The order calls up 2,000 National Guard troops to active duty to assist in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the state.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Georgia General Assembly granted the Governor expansive new emergency powers to combat COVID-19, including the ability to:
    • Suspend laws and regulations prescribing state agency procedures;
    • Compel a health care facility to provide services or transfer management to the state;
    • Commandeer or utilize private property;
    • Transfer state treasury funds; and
    • Direct evacuations if necessary.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor ordered all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools to be closed by March 18 through at least March 31.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor in a press conference encouraged Georgians to support local businesses and drive-in/thru restaurants and take out options to bolster the local economy. 
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed the amended fiscal year 2020 budget  to tap into the state’s rainy-day fund for $100 million to combat COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor submitted a letter requesting a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the State of Georgia.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor urged hospitals to cancel elective surgery in order to save life-saving supplies.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor, in consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, asked healthcare providers and the public to conserve COVID-19 test for the most vulnerable populations.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced and named members of the Georgia’s Coronavirus Task Force Committees. The task force is comprised of the following committees:
    • Economic Impact
    • Primary Care Providers
    • Emergency Preparedness
    •  Homeland and Displaced
  • March 20. 2020 – The Governor issued two executive orders. One executive order authorized the transfer of over 19 million to the Governor’s Emergency Fund to purchase medical supplies and equipment and the other executive order aimed at reducing regulations surrounding COVID-19 response.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order expanding temporary licensing of certain medical professions assisting in the state’s response.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that limited large gatherings, ordered a “shelter-in-place” for specific populations, and closed bars, nightclubs for 14 days.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor called on all Georgia businesses who are able to help the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical health care items.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state’s coronavirus task force will participate in a live town hall.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that adopted emergency rules and waivers with respect to renewal and suspensions of driver’s licenses and identification cards.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending the closure of public schools through April 24.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to assist the with the state’s response to unemployment insurance claims.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor deployed the national guard medical support team to support the state’s efforts in battling COVID-19.
  • March 27, 2020 – The President approved Georgia’s disaster declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in Georgia.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor ordered the enforcement of social distancing measures at parks and lakes.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an 1135 Medicaid waiver.
Guam
  • January 29, 2020—Governor Guerrero established a Central Interagency Task Force comprised of local, federal, and military partners.  
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Guerrero implemented a Temporary Economic Assistance and Mitigation (TEAM) Plan to help small businesses:
    • Deferred 40% of BPT access to loans and 90 day interest only  
    • Financial Institutes are deferring loan payments to interest only 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor  declared a public health emergency.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services implemented a 14-day suspension of non-essential Government of Guam Operations effective Monday March 16.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed a bill that prevents price gouging during a state of emergency.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order which instituted COVID-19 Mandatory Quarantine Protocol measures for all incoming travelers from the Philippines effective immediately. Other non-residents attempting to enter Guam not from the Philippines will also be subject to mandatory quarantine unless they have documentation confirming they have not been exposed to COVID-19.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor ordered that all public spaces in which people come together for food and beverage, entertainment, recreation, and leisure will be closed until March 30. The order goes into effect March 20.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Guam Department of Education launched a “Grab-N-Go” school meal distribution program. The program will remain in effect through the duration of school closures.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor’s Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small business in Guam.
    • March 22, 2020 – The Guam Department of Revenue and Taxes announced it would be aligning its income tax filing date with the federal government and pushing back its filling date to July 15. 
    • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Department of Revenue and Taxes has issued nine (9) Notices of Violation (NOV) as part of its efforts to enforce compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-05 (non-essential business remaining in operation).
    • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced that Guam will be seeking a major disaster declaration form the federal government.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Guam Department of Labor submitted an application for the Disaster Dislocated Worker grant in an effort to maximize Guam’s eligibility for federal assistance related to unemployment benefits.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that she will be extending the Public Health Emergency for Guam, an additional 14-days beyond March 30, 2020. She also ordered all public beaches and parks closed immediately and extended school closures until April 13th.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority suspended viewing of deceased loved ones effective immediately in accordance with the governor’s executive order.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) has launched telehealth counseling services for medical professionals, frontline heroes, and first responders during this pandemic.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor temporarily suspended parts of the Open Government Law, including the public’s right to attend government meetings.
  • March 27, 2020 – The President approved Guam’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor signed an agreement between the state government and the U.S. Department of Labor to move forward with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.
Hawaii
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor at a press conference issued the following new orders and guidelines:
    • Directing all bars and clubs to close. Restaurants should go to take-out only, and tour companies should limit or shut down operations immediately.
    • Asking tourists to stay away for at least 30 days.
    • Bolstering screening of cruise ship passengers, with temperature checks and questions about symptoms and recent travel. Airports would also be bolstering their procedures.
    • Stopping all non-essential state travel, including inter-island travel. Those who do have to travel will have to go into self-isolation for 14 days.
    • Directing all movie theaters, visitor attractions and places of worship to close.
    • Closing all state libraries, parks, events at the state capitol building, Aloha Stadium and Hawaii Convention Center.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor supported the decision of the Hawaii Department of Education to continue school closures in the state and provide alternative meals plans for students.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the following measures to address the economic impacts of COVID-19:
    • Hawaii small businesses may now file for low-interest working capital loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (US SBA).
    • The US SBA approved the Governor’s certification request for access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Assistance Program for Hawaii small businesses.
    • Benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.
    • The state will interpret Hawai‘i’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover those who are out of work because of COVID-19.
    • Allocating additional staff to support the influx to facilitate claims filing, processing, and benefits.
    • Making the adjustments necessary to loosen eligibility requirements for claimants and reduce or eliminate experience rate adjustments for employers because of employees who receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-19.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor and the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the launch of the Reducing Unemployment Disruption & Driving Economic Regeneration (RUDDER) program. RUDDER is an economic regeneration initiative that provides State Employment & Training Funds that serve as the foundational strategy for aligning federal workforce programs, such as the Disaster Recovery grants, in a unified effort to train and transfer labor into Hawaii’s businesses that can help reduce job losses and dampen the economic slide.  
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued a second supplemental emergency declaration ordering all individuals arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The order states that any individual violating the quarantine may be fined up to 5,000 dollars or imprisoned up to one year, or both.  
  • March 22, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Public Safety announced the following updates:  
    • Correctional facilities are implementing enhanced screening at entry points . 
    • All correctional facilities are expanding outside visitor suspensions to volunteers.  
    • Increased phone call duration, increased out of cell time, and increased access to stores/commissary for inmates. 
    • The Hawaii Paroling Authority is suspending all parole hearings for 2 weeks. 
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed a third supplementary proclamation ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr. 30. Essential workers are exempt. Non-compliance would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, or up to one year in jail, or both.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Hawaii State Department of Education announced school facilities will remain closed to students through April 30.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Hawaii Department of Health waived routine TB clearance requirements for selected groups, the suspension will remain in effect through May 31, 2020. These groups include:
    • Annual clearance for healthcare workers
    • Annual clearance for patients in long-term care facilities
    • Food handlers
    • Children entering childcare, preschool or school (K-12th grade)
    • Post-secondary school students and employees
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers in April.
Idaho
  • Idaho coronavirus resource page.
  • March 4, 2020—Governor Brad Little announced the creation of new Coronavirus Working Group that will support Idaho’s public health agencies and increase coordination and communication.
  • March 6, 2020—The Idaho Legislature approved Governor Little’s request to transfer $2 million to the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help in Idaho’s response to the coronavirus.
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Little declared a state of emergency. 
  • March 16, 2020 – The legislature approved the Governor’s request to allocate an additional $1.3 million to ensure essential government services.
  • March 16, 2020- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provided care providers payment for eligible children if they remained open during the public health emergency.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by the coronavirus. The information received will determine whether impacted businesses will be eligible for disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that Idaho is adopting the latest guidance from the White House and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of coronavirus. This includes recommendations to avoid discretionary travel and social gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued a mandatory isolation order for Blaine County.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed two proclamations today – one lifting restrictions in 125 administrative rules to increase healthcare provider capacity and reduce barriers to healthcare access and another extending the state income tax filing and payment deadline to June 15, 2020.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor’s request of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was approved and the SBA is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Idaho small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Idaho State Board of Education directed all public school districts and charter schools to immediately start a “soft closure” of all classroom facilities through April 20.
  • March 25, 2020 –The Governor issued a statewide stay-home order for the state of Idaho.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an extreme emergency declaration allowing the state to increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid steps to improve the condition of unemployed individuals impacted by the pandemic.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor indicated that the state will receive close to $1.25 billion in federal aid to offset the impacts of COVID-19 to the state’s economy.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed multiple executive orders and proclamations that undertake the following actions:
    • Transferring $39.3 million to the Disaster Emergency Account, the maximum allowable amount under the law.
    • Reducing non-COVID-19 related General Fund spending in the fiscal year by 1-percent, which will save approximately $40 million statewide.
    • Helping Idahoans who are temporarily unable to work because of illness, quarantines, layoff or reduction of work related to COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that there will be no change to the date of Idaho’s primary election date.
Illinois
  • Illinois Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 2, 2020—The Illinois Department of Insurance issued a bulletin reinforcing the critical role that health insurance coverage plays during the COVID-19 outbreak. The bulletin encourages providers to be flexible when filling prescriptions in the event of quarantine.
  • March 8, 2020—The Illinois Department of Insurance has released an FAQ document about insurance coverage related to COVID-19.
  • March 10, 2020—In a press conference, Governor Pritzker announced that his office would file emergency rules to allow those who are unemployed because they are sick to collect unemployment insurance if permitted under federal law.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Pritzker ordered the closure of public events of more than 1000 people for 30 days. 
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Pritzker announces two-week statewide school closure to minimize covid-19 spread, additional economic measures to reduce burden on Illinois families.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced all restaurants and bars will close for on-site consumption starting at 9 PM on Monday March 16.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor, in response to the overcrowding and wait times at Chicago airports, announced that the federal government will be doubling U.S. CBP staff at O’Hare Airport.
  • March 18, 2020 — The Governor activated the national guard to address the anticipated need for logistical support and medical staff.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor stated he is prepared to order travel and quarantine restrictions in Illinois to limit the spread of coronavirus if scientific guidance recommends it.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to expand telemedicine for individuals with Medicaid and private insurance.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor ordered the Department of Revenue to defer sales tax payments for 24,000 small and medium sized bars and restaurants.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order Number 20-10 implementing stay at home and social distancing requirements.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring all individuals currently living in the state of Illinois to stay at home.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced that healthcare license reinstatement would be processed on an expedited basis and that medical professionals whose licenses are expiring will have their licenses extended through the end of September.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor called for healthy individuals to assist with the state’s efforts during the crisis by going to serve.illinois.gov to be matched with service organizations to support the response effort.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a proclamation to allow out-of-state physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory care therapists to provide care to Illinois residents.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Illinois’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Illinois to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order suspending healthcare worker background checks for individuals who are certified as a nurse assistant, but are currently inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry, may be hired under certain provisions.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order relaxing the approval process schools would need to adjust their school term, suspending the method of the calculation for pupil school attendance, granting the Illinois State Board of Education the ability to define “Remote Learning Days”, allowing schools that receive grant funds around early-childhood education to provide childcare services to essential employees, and other provisions.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor suspended the repossession of vehicles and in-person training for private security personnel during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending the deadline for various cannabis grower, transporter, and infuser licenses due to the impacts of COVID-19. 
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced plans for 3,000-bed alternate care setting at McCormick Place to treat COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a series of actions in the area of consumer borrowing, servicing, and collections. The governor also provided guidance to its regulated entities, state banks, credit unions, installment lenders, payday lenders, title loan lenders, sales finance lenders including auto loans, currency exchanges, student loan servicers, mortgage servicers, and collection agencies concerning their lending, servicing, and collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana
  • Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Holcomb signed an executive order declaring a public health emergency to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Holcomb initiated several actions on March 12, including requiring that that non-essential gatherings be limited to 250 people, schools provide a 20-day waiver of the required 180 days of instructions, nursing homes restrict and screen visitors, and daycare facilities implement social distancing practices. The Indiana Department of Corrections has suspended visitation at all facilities. Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services are advised to consider suspending congregate meals and services and arrange for home delivery. The Governor is also encouraging businesses to utilize telework policies, if available. 
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor announced additional steps the state is taking to assist with its COVID-19 response:
    • All state agencies are evaluating rules and regulations that should be suspended or modified to assist Hoosiers during this public emergency.
    • The Family Social Services Administration has asked federal officials to approve a request to temporarily waive the renewal process for Hoosiers who need SNAP or TANF benefits.
    • State officials are collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education to discuss solutions regarding student assessments and meals for children whose schools have closed.
  • March 16 – The Governor announced the following updates regarding COVID-19: 
    • Indiana will adhere to CDC guidance for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends canceling or postponing in-person events of more than 50 people during the next eight weeks. 
    • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs. 
    • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March. 
    • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. 
    • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions. 
    • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person. 
    • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals. 
    • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers. 
    • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28. 
    • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens. 
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor and the Indiana State Department of Health announced a new partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, with support from the Food and Drug Administration, to accelerate testing in Indiana for COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor requested the U.S. Small Business Administration issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that all Indiana public schools are now closed and are using alternative learning options like e-learning.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor took the following actions:
    • Extended the current state of emergency for an additional 30 days.
    • Ordered all K-12 school to remain closed until May 1. Private schools are also ordered closed.
    • Coordinated with the U.S. Department of Education to receive federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.
    • Aligned with the federal government for the collection date of state income tax.
    • Halted several capital projects that would have used $300 million from the state’s reserves.
    • Prohibited utilities from cutting off services.
    • Prohibited evictions from residential homes and communities.
    • Ordered the state Insurance Commissioner to request health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing costs and to not increase prices or coverage costs for medical care for COVID-19.
    • Ordered the DMV to limit the number of in-branch transactions.
    • Eased licensure requirements for health care professionals and promoted tele-health support.
    • Relaxed requirements for veterans to qualify for awards under the Military Relief Fund.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that Indiana will move its primary election from May 5th to June 2nd.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order requiring residents to stay at home, unless they are engaging in essential activities including: Activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and taking care of others
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that ceases in-person dining.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order allowing restaurants that have a liquor permit to conduct the sale of alcohol for carryout/delivery.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions:
    • The Indiana State Department of Education (DOE) and Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) have teamed to encourage school corporations in Indiana to open schools on a limited basis to provide childcare services for emergency workers.
    • Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Community Development Block Grant funds may be redirected to assist with COVID-19 needs based on guidance from the United States Housing and Urban Development.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Indiana’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Indiana to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced incarcerated individuals at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions:
    • Signed an executive order that removes all regulatory barriers to prepare for surge capacity and allow for authorized medical professionals to practice, including students and those who have retired.
    • Sent a letter to issue disaster relief for Indiana
Iowa
  • Iowa Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Reynolds announced in a news conference that 18 of the 22 Iowans quarantined on the Grand Princess cruise ship will be returning home on a chartered flight to Iowa. The Department of Public Health will screen the returning people before they begin their travel back to Iowa and direct people to a screening center when they arrive.  
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor recommended Iowa schools close for four weeks.
  • March 16, 2020– The Governor announced various forms of assistance to workers and employers in the face of potential COVID-19 layoffs or furloughs.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed legislation that creates emergency measures and supplemental appropriations for key government services to combat the spread of COVID-19. Supplemental appropriations and emergency measurers include:
    • Supplemental appropriations for Medicaid ($88.98 million).
    • Supplemental appropriations other health programs ($1.8 million).
    • Supplemental appropriations for state hygienic lab ($525,000).
    • Limits some standing appropriations (non-public school transportation, instructional support, AEA funding).
    • Requires the Department of Management and the Legislative Service Agency to review FY 2020 appropriations and to make appropriations for the first two months of FY 2021.
    • Emergency appropriations from the Economic Emergency Fund of up to 10% to the DOM for purposes approved by the Governor, through August 31.
    • Authorizes the Governor to waive school instructional time requirements for schools that close due to COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued state of public health disaster emergency. The measure closes all restaurants and bars to the public until March 31, excluding take-out and drive thru options.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed legislation that expands the roles of physician assistants in Iowa. The legislation aimed at combating COVID-19 makes changes related to the practice of a PA by allowing for full prescriptive rights, legal protections similar to other health care professions, the ability to be reimbursed by Medicaid and a range of other changes.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration, its provisions include:
    • Temporarily suspends penalties and interest related to collection of property taxes until the end of this proclamation.
    • Temporarily suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances.
    • Extends expiration deadline for a permit to carry and a permit to acquire a firearm and additional measures.
    • Permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants and suspends some fees.
    • Permits public meetings or hearings by electronic means to improve the functions of government while maintaining social distancing practices.
    • Suspends certain regulations to ease the transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods on all highways in Iowa.
    • The proclamation also allows related state agencies to implement the state’s public health emergency plan.
    • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Iowa.
    • March 22, 2020 – The Governor signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. Components include:
      •  The closure of salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools until March 31.
      • Suspends all foreclosures on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property.
      • Professional licensing relief.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor received notification that President Trump has approved her request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19, removing a $5 million cap on federal funds as well as making available the Community Disaster Loan program.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Iowa’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Iowa to forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments in its Medicaid program.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings.
Kansas
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment coronavirus resource center.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor recommended K-12 school in Kansas close for the week of March 15. To address the long-term discussion of the status of schools, the Kansas State Board of Education will build a comprehensive plan to address the challenges that schools are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 12, 2020 – The Governor declared a state of emergency.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor banned all gatherings larger than 50 people, bringing the entire state in line with restrictions already announced in Wichita and Kansas City.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor ordered, effective Monday, March 23, that state employees state home for two weeks on administrative leave to minimize additional risk of exposure to the virus.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor ordered the closure of all K-12 schools in the state until the end of the school year.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order limiting public gathering to no more than 50 people and asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to suspend utility disconnects until April 15. This directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced Executive Order #20-06 to temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures across the state.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed three bills:
    • Senate Bill 27 extends unemployment eligibility for workers who filed after January 1, 2020.
    • Senate Bill 142 expands education waiver authorities during disaster emergencies.
    • Senate Bill 102 expands authorities of the judicial branch during disasters.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that under the state’s disaster declaration Kansas has applied for, and expects to receive, disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to supplement small businesses.
    • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the allocation of 5 million of state funds to establish the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to provide short-term, zero-interest loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector
    • March 22, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing requirements.
    • March 22, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order for conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order limiting mass gathering to 10 people.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order preventing all Kansas waste removal providers, trash and recycling, from cancelling or suspending commercial or residential waste or recycling removal services for Kansas residences and businesses as a result of nonpayment due to significant loss of income or increase in expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending tax filing deadlines to July 15, 2020, and waiving any interest and penalties for returns and payments made on or before July 15, 2020.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed the state budget which also approves $65 million for Kansas coronavirus response.
    • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order establishing the Kansas Essential Function Framework for the COVID-19 response. 
    • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Kansas’ request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Kansas to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order instituting a temporary, statewide stay-home order until Sunday, April 19.
Kentucky
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency to ensure all state entities have the necessary resources to respond. 
  • March 7, 2020—The Governor issued guidance for high risk populations, as well as state employees on how to protect themselves and others. This includes modification to state sick leave policies. 
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Beshear announced in a press conference that Kentucky nursing homes will be limiting patient visits. Patients receiving end-of-life-care are the only group allowed to receive visitors to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Beshear instructed school districts to be prepared to close schools on short notice, closed all state prisons to visitors, suspended out-of-state travel for state employees, urged more businesses to allow employees to tele-commute and to provide paid sick leave, and asked places of worship to temporarily cancel services. 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor asked all Kentucky hospitals to cease providing elective surgery and for daycare facilities to begin planning for closures.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor ordered all bars and restaurant and dining rooms to close. The order will take effect at 5 PM on March 16.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced the following steps to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • All childcare centers, with the exception of those providing services to health care workers and some on-site employers, will close by March 20.
    • All public-facing businesses that encourage public congregation or, that by the nature of the service to the public, cannot comply with CDC guidelines concerning social distancing, shall cease all in-person operations. These public-facing businesses that must close include entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities.
    • All acute care facilities should discourage all visitors except for visits in end-of-life circumstances. The Governor also advised psychiatric facilities to restrict visitation, only allowing it if deemed medically necessary by the attending physician, administrator and the medical director.
    • The Governor recommended personal care homes, assisted living, senior care facilities and intermediate care facilities limit visitation only to loved ones that are receiving end-of-life care.
    • The Governor also announced a three-month extension of driver’s licenses and the postponement of primary elections.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced several new actions to supplement previous guidance for closing public-facing businesses, including the suspension of all charitable gaming licenses and temporary closing of bingo halls.
  • March 18, 2020–The Governor announced that the state is working with federal partners to continue Child Care Assistance Program payments on behalf of qualified families during the mandatory closure period. The state will also be covering copayments typically covered by families.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an order allowing restaurants that have food delivery options and a liquor license to deliver sealed alcoholic beverages in their original containers to customers.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced Kentucky unemployment insurance implements new procedures to manage the influx of claims including new phonelines and video conference services.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor requested school superintendents keep schools closed for in-person classes until at least April 20 and delayed the state’s income tax filing deadline until July 15.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor ordered all nonessential retailers to close within 24 hours and that he is mandating all elective medical procedures to end.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced the new following actions:
    • Changes in mass layoff parameters. Any employer with at least 50 employees, who is laying off at least 15 employees, is encouraged to file a claim on behalf of their employees through the E-Claims process.
    • Establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a fundraising platform designed to provide financial assistance to Kentuckians whose employment has been affected by COVID-19
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor ordered all non-life sustaining business to close in-person service.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced that state workers would begin helping at food banks.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced many businesses, including food and beverage industries, are making barrels of hand sanitizers for hospitals and first responders.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Kentucky’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Kentucky to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 25, 2020 — The Governor signed legislation waiving in-person school attendance requirements and giving school districts permission to engage in nontraditional/remote learning.
  • March 26, 2020 — The Governor asked mayors and county judge-executives to monitor people gathering in public places such as parks and stop them if people are not practicing social distancing.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor urged residents to avoid crossing into Tennessee to limit their exposure to COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order limiting out of state travel for residents of Kentucky, except when required for employment, to obtain medicine or groceries, to seek or obtain care by a healthcare provider, to provide care to dependents or when mandated by court order.
Louisiana
  • Louisiana Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 2, 2020—Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of a COVID-19 Task Force.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Edwards declared a public health emergency to allow state agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality related to public health needs and deploy additional resources to assist local authorities. The declaration also addresses efforts to prevent price gouging and limits state employee travel. 
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order postponing elections in Louisiana, including the Louisiana Presidential Primary.
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor signed a proclamation that immediately halts any gathering of more than 250 people until April 13 and closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective March 16 until April 13.
  • March 17,2020 – The Governor ordered bars, gyms and movie theaters to close and limited restaurants to delivery and takeout.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor requested the Small Business Administration provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that shelter in place may be necessary for some Louisiana localities to stem the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor suspended foreclosures and evictions in the state.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced LA Wallet, the state of Louisiana’s official digital driver’s license, will be made available to residents free of charge. The all-digital identification and driver’s license app will temporarily suspend fees.
  • March 18, 2020—The Governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence requesting temporary changes to several federal programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
    • An expansion of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service hot food waiver to allow the purchase of hot food in Louisiana restaurants through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
    • Statutory and administrative changes related to Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery;
    • Recommendations for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and Public Assistance program. 
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor warned President Donald Trump that his state could exceed capacity to treat patients in one week.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor updated his public health emergency declaration to provide waivers for education requirements and to speed up testing.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that all Louisiana parishes would be eligible for small business disaster aid.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed and updated to his Public Health Emergency declaration, which waives some education requirements in the law and also suspends some laboratory requirements to speed the process of coronavirus testing.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed and updated the Public Health Emergency.  
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued a statewide Stay at Home Order.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Louisiana’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Louisiana to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana as the number of cases of COVID-19 grow. The declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health threat.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed a proclamation outlining additional response measures in Louisiana, including provisions related to first responders, law enforcement and granting emergency authority to the insurance commissioner.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced the opening of a Louisiana Economic Development help desk, providing email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Maine
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor’s emergency legislation were approved by the House and Senate. Key provisions include the following:
    • Access to at least $11 million in state funding to respond to COVID-19.
    • Establishing a consumer loan guarantee program through the Finance Authority of Maine, in partnership with financial institutions, to provide low- or no-interest loans for eligible people in Maine.
    • Temporarily expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.
    • Increasing the Department of Education’s ability to waive certain school-day requirements and to continue school lunch programs for all eligible children.
    • Authorizing the Governor to adjust state, county and municipal government deadlines and to permit all public entities to meet by remote participation.
    • Expanding the ability of Maine Emergency Medical Services’ Board and staff to take actions more promptly.
    • Authorizing the Governor to prohibit utilities from terminating residential electric and water service.
    • Authorizing the Governor to determine and direct the manner of the June 2020 primary, if necessary.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that closed restaurant dining rooms, bars, and limited social gatherings to no greater than 10 people.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed the Maine Health Care Coverage Act to improve private health insurance in the state.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor ordered open all inland waters for fishing and waived the requirement that anglers need a recreational fishing license to fish the inland waters of Maine. The order is effective immediately and runs until April 30th.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to the president requesting that the Trump Administration consider direct financial assistance, subsidies, and operating loans or loan deferment, among other possible measures, to help the seafood industry.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor urged large essential businesses to limit in-store customers, enhance curbside pick-up and delivery services, and implement physical distancing measures to protect customer and employee health
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that mandated all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing.
  • March 25, 2020 –The Governor, through the Maine Emergency Management Agency, signed agreements with the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System to coordinate requests for assistance and the deployment of resources.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an insurance emergency response order allowing licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurses greater flexibility to contribute to Maine’s response during the civil state of emergency. This includes:
    • Receive an emergency license to provide health care in person or through telehealth to Maine people, with no application fee
    • See Maine patients through telehealth without obtaining a Maine license, if already serving those patients at out-of-state locations
    • Have their licenses automatically renewed if up for renewal during the state of emergency
    • Suspend conforming to physician oversight requirements (for physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses)
    • Reactivate their license immediately with no application fee, if retired.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor took action to align Maine with federal guidance and improves the affordability of needed health care services delivered through telehealth.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced new measures to help the state’s nursing facilities address financial challenges. They include:
    • Providing additional payments through MaineCare to support nursing facilities’ efforts related to infection control and visitor screening to protect workers and the residents in their care.
    • Asking nursing homes to track and submit costs beyond their normal operating expenses.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor extended the state income tax payment deadline to July 15, 2020
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor launched a new online resource in the state that outlines the ways the people of Maine can support relief efforts. It outlines 4 ways help can be provided:
    • Financial assistance
    • Healthcare and medical assistance
    • Small business assistance
    • Connections with family, friends, and neighbors
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor extended boating registration renewal period until April 30 due to COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to fast track free online job training at Maine’s community colleges
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that her office is accelerating pay increases for personal care workers and expanding access to meals for older Mainers who are home-bound because of COVID-19.
Maryland
  • Maryland Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • January 29, 2020—The State Emergency Operations Center’s activation level has been raised to “Enhanced” in support of a local incident and novel coronavirus response in Maryland.
  • January 29, 2020—The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has issued clinical guidance to the state’s 20,472 physicians, 2,786 nurse practitioners, 1,301 pharmacists, and local health departments. The department has held briefings for Maryland Strategic National Stockpile partners and public health and hospital emergency managers. In addition, the department has held an informational webinar for local health departments.
  • March 2, 2020—MDH has released public service announcements regarding statewide preparedness efforts.
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Hogan is submitting a $10 million emergency funding request to the General Assembly as part of a supplemental budget.
  • March 3, 2020—The Maryland Higher Education Commission is coordinating with University System of Maryland institutions that are bringing home students who are studying abroad in Italy and Japan.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to review and reiterate guidance on infection control and medical management.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide guidance to local school systems on protocols for school closures.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with the Maryland Hospital Association to work with all the local hospitals on surge plans and preparedness.
  • March 3, 2020—The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is actively engaged with travelers to ensure they have information they need and are following the CDC guidelines. The Port of Baltimore is also engaged in similar screening protocols.
  • March 3, 2020—All state agencies have reviewed their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and submitted them to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
  • March 5, 2020—Governor Hogan declares a state of emergency to coordinate response after coronavirus after confirming cases in Maryland. 
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Hogan issued a bulletin for health carriers regarding coverage for COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Hogan signed emergency legislation allowing his state to access rainy day funds, and formed a Coronavirus Response Team to advise on health and emergency management decisions.
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Hogan suspended all business-related out-of-state travel for state employees.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Hogan enacted several recommendations and additional state actions:
     
    • The Department of Motor Vehicles moved toward an all appointment system for all transactions, to reduce walk-in visits and foot traffic.  
    • The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange established a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection for COVID-19. 
    • The Department of Corrections and Public Safety Services discontinued visitation services for an individual in infirmaries.  
    • For long-term care communities, access is restricted to essential visits only; staff are prohibited from international travel; and it is recommended that facilities screen all individuals entering the facilities.  
    • All state veterans’ facilities are required to follow state-issued guidelines for long-term care facilities.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Hogan announced major actions including:
     
    • Maryland Emergency Management Agency moving to its highest action level.
    • Activating the National Guard.
    • All state government is raised to “elevated level two” and all non-essential state employees who are approved for telework will be required to do so.
    • Closing all public schools from March 16 through March 27.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order closing all casinos, racetracks, and betting facilities. To support these businesses, the Maryland Department of Commerce and Labor compiled resources for employer and worker assistance, financial assistance, and licensing and permitting to help support the industry.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor ordered the closure of bars and restaurants and banned mass gatherings of over 50 people.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an omnibus health care order that:
    • Increases hospital bed capacity by 6,0000;
    • Activates the states medical reserve corps;
    • Establishes policies and procedures for rationing, distributing and stockpiling resources received from the Strategic National Stockpile;
    • Allows for interstate reciprocity of practice for any individual that holds a valid health care license;
    • Allows for inactive clinicians to practice without first reinstating their inactive license; and
    • Allows for actions to control, restrict, and regulate the use of health care facilities in responding to a catastrophic health emergency.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order that prohibits utility shutoffs and prohibits evictions for individuals who can show documentation that their inability to pay was due to COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor, along with the Maryland Police Force, activated the Maryland State Troopers to be deployed across the state and activated two Area Support Medical Companies (under the National Guard) to carry out emergency functions.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Department of Health hosted a webinar providing guidance for businesses in preventing the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Maryland Office of Child Care released guidance so child care providers can begin to evaluate their programs and make decisions on how to best support children of emergency personnel.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that no one should use public transportation except emergency personnel, front-line health-care workers, or those whose jobs are essential to the supply chain.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor requested that all returning spring break travelers quarantine for the next 14 days and avoid people over the age of 60.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses.
  • March 23, 2020 – The governor announced more than $175 million to assist small businesses and workers, with $125 million in loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofits through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Another $75 million loan fund and a $50 million grant fund, with $1 million in grants dedicated to non-profits, will provide working capital to be used for payroll, rent, fixed-debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that Maryland Commerce is also working on creating a $5 million fund to incentivize businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment and other supplies to satisfy the increasing needs of the healthcare industry.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that he has allocated $5 million, and the Maryland Department of Labor has allocated $2 million, to collaboratively launch the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor toured the Baltimore Convention Center, which is to be turned into a field hospital and alternative care site with support from the Maryland National Guard.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor requested a presidential disaster declaration.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Maryland’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Maryland to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a joint partnership between the Governor’s office, Bloomberg Philanthropies and John Hopkins University to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The funding consists of a $3 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to $1 million in backing from the state of Maryland.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued a Stay at Home order and announced the opening of four new testing sites. Additionally, he announced updates on the state’s $175 million economic relief package for workers and small businesses, including an additional $2 million for the state’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.
Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.
  • February 3, 2020—A supplemental appropriations bill filed by Governor Baker would allow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to use surplus funds in unrelated accounts in the event of unanticipated costs related to communicable diseases. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved mid-year spending bills based on the Governor’s request, which must be reconciled.  
  • February 28, 2020—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health established an Incident Command Structure to facilitate regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners to statewide stakeholders. 
  • March 4, 2020—Governor Baker announced that due to the emergency health situation, the state is urging colleges and universities to cancel upcoming organized international trips.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Baker declared a state of emergency . 
  • March 10, 2020—Broad restrictions are imposed on travel for many state employees
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced several new steps to address COVID-19, including the following:
    • All public and private elementary and secondary schools will be closed for three weeks.
    • Gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
    • Visitors are prohibited from entering long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
    • The administration is filing emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced a new legislative package aimed at supporting municipal governance that allows changes to the postponing of town meetings, adopting lower quorum rules, permitting municipal spending of revolving funds, and other measures.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced a $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund that aims to provide emergency capital (up to $75,000) to businesses in the state impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced four new emergency orders that make the following changes:
    • Licensed physicians who have retired in the last year, and who are in good standing, may be reactivated for a period of 90 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • Providers in good standing from other states can obtain emergency licenses to practice in the state, or practice through telemedicine.
    • The ability of residents to provide critical services (under supervision) will be expanded.
    • Allows licenses for nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants, who would otherwise be up for renewal, to extend their licensure status by 90 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • Adjusts the minimum standards for ambulance staffing to ensure capacity of EMS services.
    • Expands telehealth by facilitating those services across state lines.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor’s administration is distributing $5 million in initial emergency funding to address needs of community health boards. Additional funding will support public health emergency resources in cities and towns.
  • March 17, 2020 – Building off the Governor’s emergency loan fund, the Governor formally requested that the Small Business Administration issue a declaration of economic injury so as to expedite the ability for small business to obtain loans.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that all early education and childcare centers will close on March 23, 2020.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate S.2599 authorizing unemployment assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. The legislation will allow for new claims to be paid in an expedited fashion by waiving the one week waiting period for such benefits.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor activated the Massachusetts National Guard with up to 2,000 members who will support requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and related duties.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organization who are not proving “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities. Simultaneously, the Governor also stated that he is limiting mass gathering to 10 people or less. The order does not however prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in an outdoor space.
  • March 16, 2020 –  The Massachusetts courts announced that no evictions would occur during the COVID-19 public health emergency until at least April 21.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor filed An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19, which would provide administrative relief to state and local government entities in the form of modifying local permitting processes, enabling municipalities to extend tax and finance deadlines, and extending deadlines for certain education requirements. 
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new text-based notification system to deliver important information about the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response to Massachusetts residents.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced new actions across the commonwealth, which include extending the closure of all public and private schools and non-emergency child care programs and actions to protect homeowners and low-income tenants from eviction and foreclosure.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of a COVID-19 Advisory Board, which includes a group of medical experts that will support the Response Command Center and actions across the commonwealth.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Massachusetts’ request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Massachusetts to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that he extended the 2019 state individual income tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced new public health emergency responses, by issuing guidelines on travel and transportation and offering support for health care professionals and patients. The follow measures will go into place:
    • Travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • State medical schools will facilitate early graduation of their qualified fourth-year students to allow graduates to support the health care workforce.
    • The Board of Registration in Medicine will provide medical school graduates who have matched as an intern, resident or fellow with a Board-approved Massachusetts health care facility or training program with Emergency 90-Day Limited Licenses to practice medicine.
    • The launch of Buoy Health’s new online resource for residents to check their symptoms and connect with the next appropriate health care resource.
    • A public health order to provide Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, in good standing, with greater flexibility in their prescribing practices.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society to match volunteers with communities and health care providers based on skillsets and need.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a new online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment and sign up to volunteer to support COVID-19 emergency response efforts.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced new actions that will support efforts to expand the Commonwealth’s health care workforce, including expediting licensing for certain health care workers and onboarding for health care volunteers who have signed up through the Administration’s new online volunteer portal.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Department of Public Health ordered that certain MassHealth regulations regarding the transfers and discharge of long-term facility residents be waived for the purposes of moving residents to designated COVID-19 facilities.
Michigan
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-8, effective until April 13, 2020, which imposes enhanced restrictions on price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance that limits mass gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed four executive orders to address COVID-19:
    • Executive Order 2020-9 orders the temporary closure of bars, casinos and theatres, and limits restaurants to only serve carry-out and delivery orders.
    • Executive Order 2020-11 orders a temporary prohibition on large gatherings and temporary closure of elementary and secondary schools.
    • Executive Order 2020-12 orders the lifting of weight restrictions for vehicles carrying and delivering necessary items, such as medical supplies, testing and treatment equipment needed to respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in the state.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-13 to temporarily lift regulatory requirements on hospitals and other care facilities in an effort to expand the number of health care providers able to respond to community needs.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor called on the state National Guard to support its Department of Health and Human Services by gathering critical personal protective gear like gloves, gowns, and face shields.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-14 extending the deadline for residents to pay back taxes, as well as avoid foreclosure on their property.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-15,which states that public bodies (such as boards, committees, councils, etc.) subject to the Open Meetings Act can use telephonic methods to continue meeting and conducting business.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor wrote a letter to President Trump requesting federal funding to support the Michigan National Guard.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, allowing small businesses to access loans from the SBA.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-16, which expands child care access during the public health emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-18, which includes minor clarifications of her executive order that temporarily imposed enhanced restrictions on the excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-19, which allows tenants and mobile homeowners to remain in their homes during the pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent. The order also relieves courts from certain statutory restrictions to enable them to postpone eviction-related proceedings until after the public health emergency has passed.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-20, which makes clear that all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services must temporarily close.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-21, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.
  • March 20 – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced it will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses through the Michigan Small Business Relief program. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and $10 million in small business grants. The grant funding will go to local or nonprofit economic development organizations to provide grants up to $10,000 to support small businesses that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor called on residents and businesses to donate essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment to hospitals. 
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-22, which extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • March 25, 2020 — The Governor signed an Executive Order that allows the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to temporarily carry out more of their operations digitally. The order allows for Unemployment Insurance hearings to take place via teleconference and for e-signatures on related documents. 
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced her request for a Major Disaster Declaration.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging residents to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants.
  • March 28, 2020 – The state’s request for a Major Disaster declaration was approved by the President. In this request, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program and for Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new volunteer website, www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow residents by assisting hospitals in responding to this public health emergency.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-28, which requires public water suppliers to immediately identify residences in their service area that do not currently have water service, and to make best efforts to restore service to homes where the service has been disconnected due to non-payment or damaged infrastructure. A $2-million Water Restart Grant Program will help communities comply with the order.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-29, which protects vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers. The order also temporarily suspends transfers into and from DOC facilities until risk-reduction protocols are adequately in place, suspends provisions of the Jail Overcrowding Emergency Act to allow local officials more flexibility in releasing vulnerable populations who do not pose a threat to public safety, and orders the State Budget Office to immediately seek a legislative transfer so that jails may be reimbursed for lodging prisoners who would have been transferred to DOC.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that the President has granted her request for a formal Mission Assignment to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions across the state.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Directive 2020-3, which temporarily restricts discretionary spending by state departments and agencies.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Directive 2020-4, which temporarily suspends the hiring, creating new positions, filling vacant positions, transfers, and promotions within the executive branch of state government.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued a joint statement on the signing of two supplemental budget bills that provide $150 million in new state funding in the current fiscal year in response to this public health emergency.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-32, which places a temporary restriction on non-essential veterinary procedures.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-31, suspending the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline to ensure that gasoline supplies remain available to support essential state functions.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor’s office announced that the Michigan National Guard will aid Food Banks in four communities across the state.
  • March 30 – The Governor announced a new program to expand Pandemic Unemployment Insurance to self-employed and gig economy workers.
Minnesota
  • Minnesota Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Walz signed legislation authorizing the state to use an additional $21 million in state investments to support disease investigation, monitoring of the outbreak, public health information, and laboratory analysis of samples.
  • March 11, 2020—Proposed legislation would grant the Governor the authority to declare a peacetime emergency and allow employees to seek unemployment insurance or paid sick leave should they be quarantined due to COVID-19. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Walz  restricted all state business travel for state employees.  
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-02 authorizing the closure of all prekindergarten through grade 12 schools. This order also requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers during previously planned school days. Additionally, the order makes provisions for the continuity of mental health services and requires schools to continue providing meals to students in need. The Department of Health also issued comprehensive guidance for public school districts and charter schools on actions to take during these closures.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry released guidance on worker protections for those impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued a statement on economic conditions in the state due to COVID-19, stating that experts anticipate a U.S. recession beginning in the second quarter of 2020 and lasting until the first quarter of 2021.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Ch 70 S.F. 4334 providing $200 million toward an emergency and long-term grant program. Roughly $50 million will go to a response contingency account and $150 million will be used to establish a health care response fund.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed three new executive orders which:
    • Protect individuals in veterans’ homes by restricting visitors;
    • Provide emergency relief to motor carries to support food supplies; and
    • Provide paid leave for state employees that are unable to work.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-09 requiring health care providers to postpone elective surgeries and procedures and focus state health care capacity and equipment on needed resources. 
  • March 19, 2020 – Minnesota designated grocery employees as emergency workers. 
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state will partner with the YMCA to care for the school-age children of emergency workers.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced a 30-day special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance during this public health emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed three Executive Orders that ban price gouging, ensure critical services continue for vulnerable residents, and seek federal authority to waive or modify certain requirements for federal programs, such as the Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced that small businesses in Minnesota are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration loan for economic injury.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that he will self-quarantine for 14 days after learning he had contact with an individual who tested positive. 
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Orders 20-14, 20-15, 20-16, and 20-17, which suspend evictions during the peacetime emergency, establish Peacetime Emergency Loans for small businesses, direct non-hospital entities to conduct an inventory of personal protective equipment, and clarify that Executive Order 20-09 on elective surgeries and procedures applies to veterinarians.
  • March 23 – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development created an Emergency Loan Program for Minnesota small businesses.  
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-20, directing residents to stay at home, and issued a list of activities for which it’s permissible to leave, such as for health and safety activities, necessary supplies and services, and for the care of others. The Governor also announced a Stay Home MN public service announcement campaign through local media channels.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced that six Minnesota Initiative Foundations will launch an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide financial support to licensed child care providers in Greater Minnesota serving families of essential workers needed to respond to this public health emergency.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Minnesota’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Minnesota to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Orders 20-2120-2220-23, and 20-24, which:
    • Keep health care workers in the workforce by giving health-related licensing boards flexibility in licensing requirements.
    • Allow the State Auditor to work with local governments to adjust reporting deadlines for various financial reports, to prevent municipalities from having to divert resources that should be used to respond to communities’ critical needs during this public health emergency.
    • Amend Executive Order 20-07 to allow constitutional officers to implement leave for both classified and unclassified employees and to reassign and redeploy staff as needed.
    • Provide hours of service and weight restriction relief for commercial vehicle drivers hauling livestock.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed HF 4531, which allocates $330 million in COVID-19 aid and includes actions such as, expanding support to small businesses, supporting food banks, providing assistance for veterans, and creating peacetime emergency child care grants.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor launched a Stay at Home MN public service announcement campaign.
Mississippi
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed two executive orders which:
    • Active the National Guard to support mobile testing units;
    • Require agencies to keep essential employees and send non-essential employees home;
    • Requests schools develop distance learning protocols and continue providing free or reduced lunches; and
    • Provides paid leave for state and local employees who miss work due to COVID-19.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the closing of all public schools through April 17 as well as end-of-year tests and accountability measures.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor activated the National Guard.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Small Business Administration approved the state’s request for an Economic Disaster Declaration. 
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 1462 that gives the Mississippi Department of Employment Security the ability to expedite payments to unemployed Mississippians and relax collection requirements on employers.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that he is not currently ordering businesses to close, or for individuals to stay home.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Mississippi’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Mississippi to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 1463 which:
    • Limits mass gatherings to 10 or less;
    • Suspends dine-in services at restaurants and bars;
    • Restricts visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities;
    • Directs businesses to allow employees to work from home; and
    • Defines essential businesses.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued a supplement to Executive Order No. 1463 to ensure uniform statewide parameters, such that:
    • No measures can be adopted that are less restrictive than the executive order.
    • Any existing local measures can remain in effect under the executive order, as long as they provide the same minimum standards established in the executive order and do not impose restrictions that would prevent essential services from operating.
Missouri
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-04 which:
    • Enables doctors to diagnose and treat patients through telemedicine.
    • Extends the hours commercial drivers can operate on Missouri roadways in order to deliver essential supplies; and
    • Removes barriers to entering the education profession in order to mitigate teacher shortages.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor directed the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Economic Development to seek assistance through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor directed the Director of the Department of Health & Senior Services to issue an order on all residents to practice social distancing.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor granted flexibility for the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide reassurance and clarity regarding services for the states most vulnerable populations.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-05 suspending any prohibition on the sale of unprepared food by restaurants to the public.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that his administration is continuing to streamline government process through a multitude of actions such as waiving some existing statutes to assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and extending the time a temporary permit is valid for nurses.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor, along with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Department of Health and Senior Services released new guidance related to school closures, meal delivery for students, childcare, financial aid, scholarship requirements, and social distancing protocols.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor requested that the President approve the state’s Major Disaster Declaration. In addition to other activities, the declaration requested FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to assist local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies with emergency response expenses. 
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Missouri’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Missouri to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines, and waive certain submission deadlines and public comment requirements for Medicaid State Plan Amendments.
  • March 26, 2020 – In a press briefing, the Governor emphasized the importance of mental health during this public health emergency, and along with the Department of Transportation, announced a free, temporary overweight permit that allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any Missouri highway.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced that the President approved his request for a major disaster declaration.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-06 which mobilized the Missouri National Guard, to assist with community-based testing, intrastate transportation of personnel and equipment for medical or testing support, logistical support for state responders, and continued assessment, and construction of temporary medical facilities. This order also directed the DHSS Director to prohibit the operation of coin-operated amusement devices, such as slot machines, and closed state park campgrounds and lodging through April 30.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that he has approved a waiver granting full reciprocity for physicians and surgeons from other states who wish to assist Missourians during this public health emergency.
Montana
  • Montana DPHHS coronavirus resource page.
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Bullock activated the Governors’ Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate efforts across state government responding to COVID-19.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Bullock declared a state of emergency, which gives him the authority to use $16 million dollars in state funds and additional personnel from the National Guard to respond to COVID-19.  
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance closing all public elementary and secondary education schools, limiting mass gatherings of more than 50 people and suspending visitors from all nursing homes. Additionally, the guidance increases the legal weight limit for commercial vehicles by 10%, in an effort to provide more supplies and resources for the state, as well as mobilizing the National Guard to respond when necessary.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor activated eight Montana Army National Guard soldiers to assist in the arrival and transport of Montana residents returning from quarantine.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced that uninsured residents who receive a recommendation from their provider will be eligible to receive coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced emergency rules to make unemployment benefits accessible to workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19, while also waiving the waiting period for receiving benefits.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor expanded access to telemedicine services to ensure Montana Medicaid patients receive quality health care in their homes to prevent unnecessary gatherings at health care facilities.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued a quarantine advisory of 14 days to all residents who have traveled internationally.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced measures to close dine-in food services, alcoholic beverage businesses, health clubs, and other facilities across the state.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor extended the payment and filing deadlines for 2019 individual income taxpayers to July 15 in accordance with the new federal filing deadline.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced new measures that give local governments the flexibility they need to adhere to social distancing guidelines, such as suspending certain office hour requirements in state law to allow for limited closures where local governments cannot safely operate within social distancing guidelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued a directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through April 10 as well as mandating social distancing measures.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor requested a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow Montana health care providers to adapt operations to respond to the emergency based on Montana’s specific and evolving need, such as making it easier to set up alternative testing or treatment sites, and expedited enrollment for new providers, and better information sharing and coordination to health trace and prevent the spread of COVID.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes.
  • March 30, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Montana’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Montana to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines.

Nebraska
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order to allow for state and local government boards, commissions and other public bodies to meet by virtual and electronic means through May 31.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order to relax eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the state’s first Directed Health Measure which limits mass gatherings in certain counties and requires restaurants and bars in those counties to operate delivery, dine-in, or curbside services. The announcement also directed these counties to operate without students in their buildings.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order which included:
    • Waiving penalties or interest with IFTA late filings of quarterly returns;
    • Extending drivers licenses and vehicle registrations to limit the number of individuals at Department of Motor Vehicle facilities;
    • Extending title requirements, registrations, or motor carrier temporary documents by 30 days; and
    • Extending ignition interlock providers by two weeks for all existing customers.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order to provide relief to restaurants and bars who are still serving customers (via non-dine in methods) and provided guidance to these locations that they are limited to serving 10 patrons at a time.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that he is requesting $58.6 million of emergency funding from the state legislature for local response efforts, health and human services staffing, surge staffing for VA hospitals and care facilities, and lab testing.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Small Business Administration approved the state’s request for an Economic Injury Disaster loan.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that residents have until July 15, 2020 to pay state income taxes.
  • March 13 – The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) allocated Community Development Block Grant funds to assist qualified businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor discussed ideas on the flexibility of continuing business operation, in the areas of offering drive-up service to customers, delivery, and the modification of normal day-to-day interactions.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed LB 1198, which provides emergency funding to help the state during this public health emergency. He also signed an Executive Order preventing eviction of residents who have been impacted.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order to expand access to childcare options, which eases the licensing requirements to open and operate a temporary, non-residential child care in an alternative setting. The Governor additionally announced that the May 12 primary election will continue as scheduled.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to expedite the entry of medical professionals into the workforce, which:
    • Authorizes the credentialing of retired or inactive health professionals.
    • Defers the requirements for healthcare providers to pay initial licensing fees or to complete continuing education.
    • Temporarily waives the restrictions on licensed out-of-state medical professionals working in Nebraska.
    • Temporarily suspends the limitations on the number of physician assistants that a physician may supervise.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced new Directed Health Measures for additional counties, which includes limits on public gatherings, restaurant and bar closures, and school closures.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced new Directed Health Measures for additional counties, which includes limits on public gatherings, restaurant and bar closures, and school closures.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced extended statewide social distancing restrictions through April 30th. He also announced that the Department of Labor is preparing to roll out the unemployment programs outlined in the CARES Act through the following actions:
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Allows unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted all other unemployment benefits, and those not eligible for other unemployment benefits, including workers who are self-employed and independent contractors. The minimum PUA weekly payment will be $174 and top out at $440.
    • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – This emergency increase in Unemployment Insurance Benefits adds $600 per week in federal benefits to the unemployment benefit amount for COVID-19 unemployment claims, including PUA claims.
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – Allows 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to be added to the end of the normal 26 weeks of benefits.
    • Short Time Compensation Programs (also known as Work Share) – Provides federal funding of Short-Time Compensation, a program that allows businesses to uniformly reduce their teammates’ hours while the workers receive a partial unemployment benefit.
  • March 30, 2020 – In an effort to encourage residents to support local dining businesses, the Governor signed a proclamation to designate every Tuesday from March 31st through the end of April 2020 as “Takeout Tuesday”.
Nevada
  • Nevada coronavirus resource page.
  • March 5, 2020—In coordination with the Nevada Department of Business and Industry’s Division of Insurance, Governor Sisolak announced the adoption of an emergency regulation to ensure Nevadans covered by health insurance policies regulated by the DOI are able to obtain medical services and prescriptions related to COVID-19 at their normal costs, despite disruptions caused by the spread of the virus. The emergency regulation prohibits a health insurer from imposing an out-of-pocket cost for a provider office, urgent care center, or emergency room visit when the purpose of the visit is testing for COVID-19. Additionally, the regulation prohibits insurers from charging Nevadans for the COVID-19 test itself or an immunization as one becomes available and further requires coverage for off-formulary prescription drugs if a formulary drug is not available for treatment. Lastly, the regulation requires health insurers to provide information on available benefits, options for medical advice and treatment through telehealth, and preventative measures related to COVID-19. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Sisolak declared a state of emergency
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor closed all public elementary and secondary education schools through April 6.    
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced risk mitigation measures happening across the state, such as requiring restaurants and bars to offer non-dine in options to customers. Additionally, he announced that the Department of Agriculture has set up more than 70 sites across the state to provide free meals to children impacted by school closures.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Nevada Health Response Center released their Risk Mitigation Initiative. Additionally, the Department of Business and Industry posted guidance on construction, mining, and manufacturing industries.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state is one of the first to receive statewide approval from the Small Business Administration for low-interest federal loans.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor waived the one-week waiting requirement for accessing unemployment insurance. 
  • March 19, 2020 – In response to the Governor’s emergency declaration on March 12, the state’s health insurance exchange announced a limited-time Exceptional Circumstances Special Enrollment Period for residents who missed the open enrollment period.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that sixteen of Nevada’s seventeen school districts and all of Nevada’s charter schools that submitted plans to the Nevada Department of Education are approved to continue or start distance education.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an emergency regulation which limits the use of two anti-malaria drugs to treat coronavirus patient. The Governor noted that this regulation does not apply to doctors who order the drugs for COVID treatment in an inpatient setting.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor signed a directive limiting mass gathering to ten or less individuals (minus family members) in any indoor or outdoor public area.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that, effective immediately, the Division of Emergency Management and Department of Health and Human Services will be temporarily aligned with the Office of the Military for the duration of the public health crisis to ensure that the entirety of Nevada’s State Government is utilized effectively and efficiently in response to this unprecedented emergency situation.
New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus resource page.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Sununu announced a new order, issued by the states Insurance Commissioner, requiring health insurers to cover services associated with testing of COVID-19. It outlines a series of actions that health insurers must take, such as offering telehealth services and expanding access to prescription drug refills.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order closing all public schools in the state while also providing guidance to districts on remote learning plans.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor limited scheduled public gatherings over 50 people and required that all bars and restaurants transition to offsite eating options.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor sent a memo to municipal officials and state boards and commissioners on compliance with the state’s Right to Know law.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive orders 6, 7, and 8 which:
    • Allow for temporary authorization for takeout or delivery of beer or wine;
    • Modify data and privacy governance plans to allow school district to have greater flexibility in developing remote learning software tools; and
    • Expand access to telehealth services.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Department of Motor Vehicles transitioned to phone and online services.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Order 9 establishing the Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi regarding the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor and state delegation sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take additional steps to speed up the production and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat this public health emergency.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order requiring all grocers and retail stores to temporarily transition to the use of single use paper or plastic bags in order to reduce the transmission of the virus.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Orders 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 which:
    • Provide temporary authority perform secure remote online notarization.
    • Provide temporary modification of public access to meetings under RSA 91-A.
    • Temporarily allow pharmacists and pharmacies to compound and sell hand sanitizer over the counter and allow pharmacy technicians to perform non-dispensing tasks remotely.
    • Temporarily authorize out-of-state pharmacies to act as licensed mail-order facilities within the State of New Hampshire.
    • Temporarily authorize out-of-state medical providers to provide medically necessary services, as well as services through telehealth.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi regarding short-term and long-term steps that can be taken to provide economic assistance to small businesses.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New Hampshire’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables New Hampshire to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Order 16 which prohibits mass gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state has mobilized three websites to coordinate volunteer efforts in response to this public health emergency.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Order 17, which directed the closure of non-essential businesses and required residents to shelter in place.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Department of Health and Human Services established an Emergency Child Care Collaborative, a public-private partnership to meet the needs of essential workers.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Orders 18 and 19, which temporarily modify Department of Safety Laws and Regulations, and extend Emergency Order 1 by requiring schools to maintain remote learning for all public K-12 school districts.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus [CARES] Act agreement which provides New Hampshire with 100 percent funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support benefit payments to people receiving unemployment. This activity supports the program by:
    • For those eligible under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, there will be an increase of the minimum weekly benefit amount from $32/week to $168/week, which includes people earning less than $15,500 during their base period.
    • An additional $600 per week to be added to an individual’s weekly benefits for all weeks claimed starting this week — 100% federally funded.
    • Extends the length of time a person can receive benefits by 13 weeks, totaling 39 weeks — 100% federally funded.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Department of Education is suspending standardized testing requirements.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that the State will be extending business tax payment deadlines to June 15 for 98% of New Hampshire small businesses.
New Jersey 
  • New Jersey coronavirus resource page.
  • February 3, 2020—Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 102 creating the Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate all state efforts to appropriately prepare for and respond to the public health hazard of COVID-19. 
  • March 5, 2020—Governor Murphy placed restrictions on state-related business travel for state employees.  New Jersey suspended all international travel for state employees until further notice. All domestic out-of-state travel on state-related business must be approved by the Governor’s Office, including same-day travel. 
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Murphy signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and public health emergency. The declaration allows for certain safeguards, such as the prohibition of price increases pursuant to New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, as well as the ability to expedite the delivery of goods and services essential for preparedness and response efforts.
  • March 12, 2020—The Governor cancelled all public gatherings with more than 250 individuals.  
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor closed all motor vehicle agencies and road-testing facilities until March 30.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor requested the federal government open a Special Enrollment Period for New Jersey residents to allow those uninsured or underinsured to enroll in health coverage.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued closures across the state of restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters, and is limiting restaurants to only delivery and takeout. The Governor also issued a statewide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order closing all schools in the state (for an unspecified period of time). The order also provides resources for how districts can continue to provide meals to students and creates a process for virtual learning.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor activated the New Jersey National Guard to assist in state efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus throughout the tri-state area.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced new amendments and resources for the state’s Child Care Subsidy program, which will implement temporary flexible enrollment policies and robust payment policy amendments for families and providers that have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced that the Governor of Pennsylvania is joining their coalition to implement a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. The Governors expanded their previous orders to include:
    • Limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people;
    • Closing restaurants and bars for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only; and
    • Temporary closing of movie theaters, gyms, and casinos.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Department of Human Services outlined new actions within the state to support individuals and families with children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Actions also include the issuance of guidance for mental health and substance use disorder services.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced new amendments and resources for the New Jersey’s Child Care Subsidy Program.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 105, which temporarily changes certain election procedures and changes the date of upcoming elections.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the opening of a drive-thru community-based testing site, which was established in partnership with FEMA. 
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 3859, declaring a moratorium on removing individuals from their homes due to evictions or foreclosures. 
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced an administrative order that mandates the indefinite closure of all personal care businesses and social clubs.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed legislation expanding to telehealth services and allowing professional and occupation licensing boards to expedite licensure of out-of-state professionals.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the waiving of fees for COVID-19 testing for the uninsured.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor urged the federal government to consider a fiscal stimulus in the form of a direct cash assistance program to combat this public health emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced a new private sector partnership to increase the availability of testing. 
  • March 20, 2020 – The Department of Banking and Insurance issued a bulletin encouraging entities regulated by the department to work with and assist customers who have been adversely affected by this public health emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Assembly Bill 3848, which prohibits an employer, during the ongoing public health emergency, from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employee who has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease which requires the employee to miss time at work.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed close to a dozen bills and resolutions, which include but are not limited to, requiring school districts to provide meals to students eligible for free or reduced meals, providing extension deadline adoption of county or municipal budgets, and urging the FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced the opening of a Community-Based Testing Site at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced departmental actions from the Department of Human Services, Department of Banking and Insurance, Department of Treasury, Department of Health, Department of Children and Family Services and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to ensure residents have access to telehealth and tele-mental health services to the greatest extent possible.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 109, suspending all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor’s administration sent a letter to commercial laboratory operators directing them to send the reporting of all COVID-19 test results to the Department of Health.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor’s announced that the Department of Health issued guidance to health care professionals statewide on how to safely evaluate patients who may have COVID-19 and how to care for them.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New Jersey’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables New Jersey to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to this public health emergency.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced an Administrative Order, permitting additional retail businesses, such as mobile phone retailers, livestock feed stores, and garden centers, to operate during their normal business hours.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 110 directing all child care centers in New Jersey to solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed S2304, which expands the State’s Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance programs to provide more workers with access to paid leave benefits during public health emergencies.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced that the President has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state which will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor and New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship, such as a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Finance Institutions, funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced a new state website for reporting personal protective equipment as well as the donation process.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor and Human Services Department announced a $70 million supplemental payment that allows residents who receive food assistance through SNAP to receive extra benefit payments.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced a $140 million pre-payment to health care providers to support preparations for the public health emergency, and announced that the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority has launched a $6 million emergency loan program to assist New Jersey’s health care organizations.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance, such as a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments, and financial protections, such as a moratorium on initiating foreclosure sales or evictions, for residents facing economic hardship.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 111, directing health care facilities to report daily data concerning their capacity and supplies to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governors Administration announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force to investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct arising from the pandemic, including the unlawful hoarding of medical supplies, price gouging, charity scams, procurement fraud, insurance fraud, phishing schemes, and false and misleading investment opportunities.
  • March 30, 2020 – In an effort to address concerns of potential drug shortages caused by the inappropriate prescribing and hoarding of drugs that have touted as potential treatments, the Governor’s Administration announced a statewide restriction for prescribing and dispensing those medications.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Division of Consumer Affairs announced that they are allowing supervising nurses to conduct required plan-of-care evaluations by phone or video-chat instead of in person for the elderly and fragile populations.
New Mexico
  • New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 4, 2020—Governor Lujan Grisham said state officials are engaging in tabletop exercises for how to respond if the virus surfaces in New Mexico including the possibility of “off-site locations” that could be used to provide care and limit transmission of the virus.
  • March 6, 2020—The Department of Insurance issued a bulletin stating that carriers should educate enrollees and providers on CDC guidelines around COVID, adopt new billing codes, encourage telehealth, and ensure preparedness response is ready. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Luhan Grisham signed an executive order declaring a state of public health emergency. The Governor is also restricted state employee travel. 
  • March 12, 2020—The Governor announced that all New Mexico public schools will close for three weeks beginning March 16th.    
  • March 15, 2020-The Governor issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of 100 people or more and also ordered that all restaurants, bars, and food establishments operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy.  
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor issued a directive to all state agencies to accelerate remote work to minimize face-to-face contact.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued five executive orders which authorize up to $3.25 million of additional funding to address the effects of COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020- The Children, Youth and Families Department, along with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department, have expanded childcare for first responders and health providers and is also delivering paid childcare for families.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor announced that New Mexico has qualified for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance program to assist businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020- New Mexico extended eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits to those workers that have been impacted by reduced hours or layoffs due to COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor prohibited all mass gatherings of 10 or more across the state, which also includes closures of non-essential businesses through April 10.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor and the Department of Health issued guidelines for the public concerning travel and COVID-19 testing.
  • March 19, 2020 – The New Mexico Department of Health issued a public health order building on earlier orders to include additional mandatory closures on bars and restaurants, among other businesses.
  • March 19, 2020 – The New Mexico Corrections Department implemented new safeguards suspending all visitation through the end of April, in tandem with increasing inmate access to phones and video conferencing.
  • March 19, 2020 – The sovereign tribal nations joined the Governor in collective efforts to prevent further transmission by temporarily closing all tribal casinos.
  • March 18, 2020 – The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary announced that the state is providing free thirty-day accounts to Parentivity, a web-based system providing customized educational resources for new parents, for all parents of New Mexico’s young children.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor extended the deadline by 90 days (July 15) for New Mexicans file and pay their 2019 personal income taxes.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced New Mexico’s Medicaid Program is requiring managed care organizations to reimburse doctors, behavioral health providers and other health care professionals for telephone and video patient visits. Additionally, managed care organizations are now required to:
    • Waive all prior authorizations for members to obtain COVID-19 testing and treatment services;
    • Expand nurse advice lines to operate 24/7;
    • Coordinate with home care providers to ensure coordinated care for those patients requiring telemedicine services;
    • Allow for replacement of durable medical equipment through telemedicine; and,
    • Reimburse for prescriptions dispensed in amounts up to a 90-day supply.
  • March 23, 2020 – The New Mexico Department of Health announced a new public health emergency order closing all non-essential businesses and further restricting mass gatherings.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New Mexico’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables New Mexico to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The New Mexico State Investment Council approved a recovery loan fund of up to $100 million designed to assist distressed New Mexico businesses facing economic hardship.
  • March 24, 2020 – The State Aging and Long-Term Services Department announced a collaborative emergency donation drive to deliver essential supplies and food to homebound seniors and disabled people.
  • March 24, 2020 – The state Supreme Court ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent due to economic displacement.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department clarified that no penalties or interest will be assessed on state income tax payments received by July 15.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced two public health orders with the goal of conserving personal protective equipment:
    • One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health.
    • The second order prohibits health care providers and wholesale medical suppliers from selling or otherwise distributing personal protective equipment without prior approval from the New Mexico Department of Health.
  • March 26, 2020 – The New Mexico Small Business Investment Corporation committed up to $25 million to its lending partners to assist New Mexico businesses that have been impacted by market disruption.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor requested that the U.S. Defense Department deploy a 248-bed U.S. Army combat support hospital to Albuquerque as a proactive measure intended to enhance the state’s treatment capacity.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor, in partnership with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, established the $1.1 million All Together NM Fund to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for work recovery. Specifically, this includes:
    • Procurement of food and medical and cleaning supplies for at-risk communities;
    • Support for childcare workers who are supporting frontline employees; and
    • Grants to address income insecurity among smaller businesses and employees affected by market disruptions.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced all K-12 public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Additionally, the school closure plan includes the following provisions, among other things:
    • Students with special needs will receive all feasible supports and accommodations that can be delivered while maintaining safe social distancing;
    • Individual districts will design measures by which seniors can demonstrate eligibility for graduation;
    • Advanced placement exams will be offered online and will be limited to material students should have covered up to March;
    • School personnel and contractors will remain on call and continue being paid as usual; and,
    • Every New Mexico school district has a plan to continue providing childhood nutrition during this period.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced all Motor Vehicle Division offices around the state will be closed effective immediately and until further notice.
  • March 27, 2020 – The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the Children, Youth & Families Department to conduct family visits for children who are in foster care through video and telephone conferencing. The suspension of in-person visitations is in effect until April 26, unless extended or otherwise modified by the Supreme Court.
  • March 27, 2020 – The New Mexico State Police clarified a rumor, making it clear that law enforcement personnel are not making traffic stops to ensure the public or their travel is considered essential.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico to self-isolate for at least 14 days. Of note, air travelers who fail to voluntarily self-isolate will be subject to forced isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Health Department.
  • March 27, 2020 – The state Supreme Court ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions for New Mexicans who prove they are unable to pay rent on the land where they park a mobile home that they own.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced a call-in filing system for unemployment claimants in anticipation of a surge of claims for self-employed workers in New Mexico who are newly eligible under the expanded Unemployment Insurance provided through the CARES Act.
  • March 29, 2020 – The New Mexico Department of Health launched two online tools for the public: a portal for receiving COVID-19 test results and a self-screening tool to aid in determining of an individual should be tested.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-015 waiving any disciplinary action for notaries who use audio-video technology rather than face-to-face meetings with clients for notary services.
  • March 30, 2020 – The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department temporarily modified some of its enforcement activities, which include, among other things:
    • The most severe collection activities will cease for 90 days;
    • Taxpayers undergoing audits will be offered the opportunity to request a 60-day suspension or a waiver giving them more time to produce records; and,
    • Taxpayers on payment plans will be offered deadline extensions of up to 60 days.
New York
  • New York Department of Health Coronavirus resource page.
  • March 2, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced the state will institute a new cleaning protocol at schools and in the public transportation system to help stop any potential spread of the virus.    
  • March 2, 2020—The Governor will also propose legislation to clarify authority for governor to take certain statewide actions and measures in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak as needed.  
  • March 2, 2020—The public health laboratory housed within the State Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with hospitals to expand surge testing capacity to 1,000 tests per day statewide for the novel coronavirus. The Wadsworth Center will provide these hospitals with instructions on how to replicate the State’s test, as well as help them purchase some of the equipment necessary to develop and validate the test. 
  • March 2, 2020—DOH is convening local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
  • March 2, 2020—Under a directive by the Governor, the State Department of Financial Services will require health insurers to waive cost sharing associated with testing for coronavirus.
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Cuomo signed into law a $40 million emergency management authorization for New York State’s novel coronavirus response.  
  • March 3, 2020—The Governor also announced he will amend his Paid Sick Leave budget proposal to specifically protect from termination people who are required to stay home from work because they are being isolated or quarantined as a result of the novel coronavirus. 
  • March 3, 2020—State university institutions will bring back students who are in study abroad programs in countries with high prevalence of novel coronavirus and review all study abroad programs ahead of potential expanded travel restrictions by the federal government.  
  • March 5, 2020—The Governor has activated their statewide emergency operations center in Albany, along with two outposts in Westchester County.  
  • March 7, 2020—Governor Cuomo declared a disaster emergency in the state. 
  • March 10, 2020— Governor Cuomo deployed National Guard troops to a Health Department command post in New Rochelle to assist with the outbreak – an area with 108 confirmed cases at the time of mobilization. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced that New York will contract with 28 private labs to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. Additionally, he announced that the state will provide two weeks paid leave for workers who are quarantined as well as $200,000 to local food banks in New Rochelle for families who rely on free school lunches.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings larger than 500 people should be cancelled or postponed.
  • March 13, 2020- The FDA issued enforcement discretion and is not objecting to the New York State Department of Health authorizing certain laboratories in New York to begin patient testing after validating their tests and notifying the state. 
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor sent a letter to President Trump calling for comprehensive federal action to combat COVID-19, including a national strategy for testing, school closures, and hospital surge capacity.
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor announced that all NYC, Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau Public Schools are closed for two weeks beginning on March 16.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order which:
    • Increases hospital capacity in the state;
    • Directs all nonessential state workers to work from home;
    • Opens drive-through mobile testing facilities in State Island and Rockland County; and
    • Waives all park fees in state, local, and county parks.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order delaying village elections until the April 28 primary election.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order directing all New York schools to close from March 19 – April 1.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus throughout the tri-state area.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor announced legislation that guarantees job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined. The bill also includes comprehensive paid sick leave.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor and State Attorney General announced that the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt for at least a 30-day period.
  • March 17, 2020- The New York Empire State Development Corporation posted COVID-19-Related Resources: Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses.  
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the United States Navy Ship Comfort, a 1000-bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor directed all non-essential businesses to implement work from home policies, with exceptions for specific essential services determined by the state.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced that the Governor of Pennsylvania is joining their coalition to implement a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. The Governors expanded their previous orders to include:
    • Limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people;
    • Closing restaurants and bars for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only; and
    • Temporary closing of movie theaters, gyms, and casinos.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order requiring in-office personnel to decrease in-office workforce by 75 percent, with exceptions for essential businesses.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the Department of Financial Services issued a new directive providing 90-day mortgage relief for all New Yorkers.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor created an online portal for retired health care professionals to sign up to enlist as reserve medical staff.
  • March 19, 2020 – New York waived the one-week waiting requirment for accessing Unemployment Insurance. 
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor, together with Governor Murphy, Governor Lamont, and Governor Wolf directed the temporary closure of barber shops, nail and hair salons, and related personal care services.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance on essential services under the New York State on PAUSE executive order, a ten-point policy to assured uniform safety for everyone signed on Friday, March 20.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor unveiled a suite of strategies aimed at equipping the state prepare for a medical surge, including:
    • Leveraging the Army Corps of Engineers to repurpose four temporary hospital sites in New York State;
    • Implementing drugs trials and acquiring hydroxychloroquine, Zithromax, and chloroquine as treatment candidates;
    • Announcing that all hospitals will be required to develop plans to expand capacity with hospitals; and,
    • Suspending all elective, non-critical surgeries to help expand hospital capacity.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.9 which continues the temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the disaster emergency.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued a statement on the third supplemental package that passed the Senate on March 26.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the state received significant donations from several major corporations, philanthropic organizations and celebrities to help increase the states medical material supply capacity.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables New York to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.11 continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the disaster emergency.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.12 moving the presidential primary from April 28 to June 23 and enabling the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15
  • March 28. 2020 – The Governor made several announcements detailing recent actions the state has taken to increase testing and health system capacity:
    • The State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing;
    • The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is expected to open March 30, one week after construction started;
    • Three additional sites – South Beach Psychiatric Center, Westchester Square, and Health Alliance will add 695 more emergency beds; and,
    • The Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in business counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across the state.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a mobile testing site in Northeast Bronx, which will prioritize individuals that are among the highest risk population. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.13 continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws such as extending the grace period for the payment of premiums and fees to 90 days for any life insurance holder, allowing schools to pay for child care services, and postponing all elections until at least June 1, among other things.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a public-private partnership whereby the Department of Health will work with the statewide healthcare system to create a command center to share information between hospitals about the supplies each hospital has in stock and the supplies each hospital is ordering.
  • March 30 – The New York Department of Labor published an unemployment insurance flow chart to clearly outline how different eligible individuals can access unemployment compensation and what levels of compensation are available.
  • March 30 – The Governor publicly asked that healthcare workers from communities across the U.S. that are not facing a crisis come to New York to help alleviate the strain on their healthcare system.
North Carolina
  • NCDHHS coronavirus resource page.
  • February 11, 2020—Governor Cooper formalized the state’s ongoing effort to monitor, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 with a state Novel Coronavirus Task Force
  • March 3, 2020—The state is now allowing coronavirus testing at the NC State Laboratory of Public Health. These tests are coordinated through the Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency, which actives the Emergency Operation Center, and allows for control of cost burdens, protects consumers from price gouging, and makes it easier to purchase necessary medical supplies. The executive order also makes other recommendations around telework schedules, social gatherings, school closures, and high-risk populations, such as those in adult living facilities. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Cooper provided guidance to cancel or postpone gatherings over 100 and to telework if possible. 
  • March 14, 2020—The Governor issued an executive order to close all K-12 public schools  for a minimum of two weeks. The executive order also prohibits mass gatherings of more than 100 people.  
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor requested that the Small Business Administration grant a disaster declaration for business owners in the state that are facing economic losses due to COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 118 which closes sit down services at restaurants and bars, and makes state unemployment benefits more widely available.
  • March 19, 2020 – The U.S. Small Business Administration granted the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses to apply for a low interest disaster loan.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to the President requesting the approval of key waivers that will allow the state to adapt federal food and health care programs to better serve North Carolinians.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor shared a list of funding priorities with the North Carolina Congressional Delegation to help people afford health care, childcare and education needs, while preparing the state for a strong economic recovery.
  • March 20, 2020 – The North Carolina Department of Revenue announced an extension of the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that waives restrictions to increase access to caregivers to provide flexible child care and elder care, provides ways for the Division of Motor Vehicles to enact social distancing protections, and waives some registration requirements to ensure resources can be delivered by truck throughout the state.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 120, which enforces tighter limits on gatherings (50-plus), extends school closures statewide to May 15, closes some businesses that require close social interaction, and limits visitors to long-term care centers.
  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Carolina’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables North Carolina to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor established a $50 million flexible allotment for public schools to implement remote learning strategies, school nutrition programs, cleaning and sanitizing schools and buses, acquiring protective equipment, and providing child care.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor requested a major disaster declaration, asking the federal government to provide individual assistance to those affected, including crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and Small Business Administration assistance, among other programs.
  • March 25, 2020–The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued emergency child care operations and finance guidelines requiring emergency centers to register with the state and offering bonus pay to child care teachers.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the state received a federal disaster declaration, which allows local governments, state agencies and eligible non-profits to be reimbursed for costs incurred by response efforts.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that parents who need food assistance for their children can text a hotline to locate nearby meal sites.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a statewide stay at home order in effect until April 29, providing for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced that the first payments for the approximately 270,000 unemployment claims related to COVID-19 will be issued within the forthcoming week.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order No. 122 allowing schools and local governments to request additional property, including computers owned by the state, to help bridge outstanding resource gaps. The Order also provides transfer or donation of personal protective equipment that state government may have and not need.
North Dakota
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order directing bars and restaurants to close to on-site patrons.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order temporarily suspending certain licensure requirements for health care and behavioral health care workers to allow them to work in the state if they’re appropriately licensed in another state.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced additional guidance for K-12 schools to continue educating students through alternative delivery methods beginning April 1.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed three executive orders to reduce regulatory burdens and improve services for North Dakotans. Taken together, these waivers:
    • Require immediate changes to the unemployment insurance process by expanding eligibility;
    • Order state agencies to identify any state laws, rules, or regulations that hinder or delay their ability to render maximum assistance;
    • Recognize any North Dakota driver’s license or motor vehicle registration that expired on or after March 1, as valid and current as long as the executive order is in effect;
    • Expand telehealth services to limit in-person visits and assist residents practicing social distancing; and
    • Include medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals to the list of health professionals who can work in the state if they’re appropriately licensed in another state.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order expanding testing locations across the state. Specifically, the Governor authorized licensed pharmacists to administer COVID-19 tests and issue emergency refills for medications for up to a 30-day supply.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requesting school districts submit distance learning plans by March 27 and begin instruction no later than April 1.
  • March 19, 2020 – The North Dakota Development Board voted to suspend all payments, both principal and interest, for all outstanding North Dakota Development Fund Loans for 30 days.  
  • March 22, 2020 – The North Dakota Department of Commerce issued these COVID-19 state resources: North Dakota Development Fund Loans, Childcare Loan Program, and Rural Growth Incentive Program Emergency Loans.  
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order extending worker’s compensation coverage to first responders and health care providers who encounter an infected person. Notably, the executive order:
    • Provides up to 14 days of medical and wage replacement benefits if first responders and health care providers are quarantined, and
    • Provides employees who contract the virus on the job with full workers’ compensation benefits just like any other compensable work injury claim.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Dakota’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables North Dakota to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, extend fair hearing and appeals timelines, and modify time frames for tribal consultations for certain COVID-19-related Medicaid State Plan Amendments.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor unveiled a child care initiative with the following elements:
    • Providing guidance on how child care providers can continue to safely serve children through modified operating practices;
    • Establishing a Child Care Emergency Operating Grant to cover operating costs associated with the modified practices and to sustain vital child care services; and,
    • Providing added flexibility to allow school districts to help care for children in grades K-5 whose parents are frontline workers.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order waiving the requirement that counties must provide at least one physical polling location on primary election day; accordingly, this gives counties the flexibility and local control to conduct the June 9 primary election by mail ballot only – if the county chooses to do so.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that expanded business closures as the number of confirmed cases attributed to community spread surpassed the number of travel-related or close-contact cases.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order suspending payment of unemployment taxes and suspending interest on all Workforce Safety & Insurance employer accounts, which will allow them to focus on preserving their business operations and retaining critical cash flow.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor requested a major disaster declaration to support public infrastructure and facilities; mitigation grants for counties and tribal nations; assistance for individuals and households, and supplemental nutrition and transitional sheltering assistance, among other aid.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor amended Executive Order 2020-10.1 allowing certain public school districts to open facilities through the month of May, for the limited purpose of providing childcare services to children in grades K-5 only, for K-12 teachers and other health, safety and lifeline worker households.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-16 suspending the open meeting requirement of a physical meeting room and a speakerphone or monitor at a physical location, when members of the governing body are attending remotely.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-17 temporarily suspending deadlines for public libraries to submit state aid applications and reports.
Northern Mariana Islands
  • CHCC coronavirus resource page.
  • January 29, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order suspending travelers from mainland China.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Torres created a COVID-19 Task Force, bringing together key departments, agencies, and stakeholders, to focus on three major concerns: tourism, residents, and schools. 
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced that schools and government offices will be closed until further notice due to the threat of the coronavirus. The public school system announced it would suspend classes for three days to allow the board of education time to decide its next steps.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor implemented a continued state of emergency and public health emergency, following by an Enhanced Social Distancing Directive limiting businesses’ operating hours, prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all parks in the territory. The commonwealth also has a price freeze in effect to protect consumers.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Commissioner of Education announced the suspending of classes for the remainder of the school year and instructional services will be performed online.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced the Nutrition Assistance Program will be distributing April 2020 benefits through a drive-thru service.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced the Office of the Interior has awarded the territory a total of $366,900.00 for personal protective equipment and hygienic supplies for first responders.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor added Directive 14 to his second amended executive order 2020-04 to limit public gatherings of people to prevent of people.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) will be offering a payment deferment or due date extension for residential customers.
  • March 25, 2020 – The State Medicaid Agency announced all Medicaid beneficiaries will received an automatic renewal extension for one month after expiration coverage to avoid any disruption in medical care.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued amendments to the Second Amended Executive Order 2020-04 including an amendment to Directive 7, which continues the shutdown of all government offices and non-essential government functions.
    • The amendment also includes Directive 15, formally closing all private schools in the Commonwealth.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced that effective Sunday, March 29, 2020, all grocery stores will be open from 6:00 am to 6:00 PM under the conditions that social distancing be strictly implemented.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) has approved the CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs – Nutrition Assistance Program’s (DCCA-NAP) requests for waivers to temporarily modify certain NAP procedures and services.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor signed an agreement with the US Department of Labor to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for CNMI workers.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced the CNMI Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be strictly enforcing social gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an amendment to Directive 14 of the Second Amended Executive Order 2020-04 including instituting curfew hours from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM for all CNMI residents and closing all boats ramps on Saipan.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced it will be strictly enforcing social gatherings of more than 10 people and enhanced curfew hours for all CNMI residents, including adults.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that all business that have facilities open to the general public shall open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Ohio
  • February 27, 2020—Governor DeWine ordered the following action by state agencies:
     
    • The Ohio Department of Transportation will post information from the Ohio Department of Health in all state rest areas on hand washing protocols including messages on Ohio Travel TV. 
    • The Departments of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Youth Services will increase frequency and use of disinfectant measures in all their state facilities to protect inmates, families, and staff. 
    • The Governor called on Ohio college and university leaders to urge every student and faculty member on their campuses who have not yet received a shot to get one at their health clinic immediately.  
    • The Governor is asking our college and university leaders to prohibit college travel to nations where the CDC has recommended no travel, such as China and South Korea.  
    • The Governor is asking college and universities to take appropriate action to accommodate students who are studying abroad and may need to come back to the United States.  
    • The Governor is asking the Ohio Department of Aging to continue working with local aging networks to identify the most vulnerable older adults with the highest needs to make sure that plans are in place to meet their needs – whether that is providing additional meals or additional medication or other personal care needs. 
    • The Governor is asking local aging advocates across Ohio to go out into their communities to check on nursing care facilities to ensure that all illness prevention methods are in place.   
    • The State of Ohio will also be paying aggressive attention to common areas in state-owned buildings, including significantly increased cleaning frequency of these areas and hand sanitizer stations in common lobbies and hallways. 
  • March 17, 2020 – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services implemented emergency measures to ensure communities have access to childcare.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor authorized the Ohio National Guard to assist state and local governments execute laws and respond to state emergencies, such as distributing food and supplies.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order expanding access to health care services through telemedicine for Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor ordered all senior living centers to stop providing adult day care services in congregate care settings.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Ohio Department of Insurance issued an order for insurers to allow employers to offer employees a grace period (up to 60 calendar days from original premium due date) for insurance premiums.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that adult day services for individuals with developmental disabilities will be ordered to close, with the exceptions for groups of less than 10.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced that insurance premium installment payments due for March through May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Ohio Department of Transportation announced the agency will issue waivers on a rolling basis for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of essential goods.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Ohio Department of Health issued a Director’s Order closing all internet cafes.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Ohio Department of Health issued a “Stay at Home” order which directs citizens of Ohio to stay at home or place of residence, ceases all non-essential business and operations, prohibits public and private gatherings, and prohibits some travel, among other things.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule relating to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that any child care facility that remains open to care for children under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license must give first priority to front line workers.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced an expanded data dashboard that displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed House Bill 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans. Specifically, the bill, among other things:
  • Waives state testing requirements for school children this year;
  • Extends professional licenses to those who cannot get them renewed;
  • Extends the income tax deadline to July 15, 2020; and,
  • Provides funding for small businesses, such as day cares and services for the disabled.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor made an urgent plea to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue an emergency waiver for the use of new technology that could sterilize up to 160,000 used N95 personal protective face masks per day in the state. Additionally, the Governor issued a plea to LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics to provide COVID-19 testing results to the Ohio Department of Health immediately.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor made several announcements related to the state’s ongoing pandemic response:
    • School closures have been extended through the end of April;
    • The formation of a “Homelessness Team” to help people who may rely on homeless shelters, domestic shelters, group homes, and recovery housing;
    • A forthcoming business advisory group to provide recommendations to mitigate the negative economic impact in Ohio; and,
    • Inmates incarcerated in state correctional facilities have begun making gowns, cough masks, hand sanitizer, and face shields.
Oklahoma
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed an amended executive order declaring a state of emergency that:  
    • Allows health professionals licensed in states that are members of the Emergency Management Compact to practice, so long as they meet certain other conditions; and 
    • Allows state occupational licenses for health care professionals that are set to expire to be temporarily extended during the crisis. 
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor amended Executive Order 2020-07 to include provisions suspending certain state regulations that could limit state and community transmission of the virus.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-08 strongly recommending Oklahomans follow all CDC guidance to protect public health over the next 15 days, among other actions. 
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued an amendment to Executive Order 2020-07 that:
    • Allows University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University labs to perform diagnostic testing;
    • Permits nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get recertified;
    • Allows nurses to practice regardless of tax compliant status; and,
    • Limits prescriptions of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to ensure there is an adequate supply for patients who need it most 
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced amendments to Executive Order 2020-07 providing for the following measures:
    • Issues a statewide “Safer at Home” order for adults over the age of 65 and vulnerable individuals with serious underlying medical conditions;
    • Limits gatherings to no more than 10 people;
    • Prohibits visitation to nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
    • Postpones all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures until April 7;
    • Requires restaurants to provide take-out and delivery options only and close all bars in Oklahoma counties; and,
    • Closes all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector through April 15.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Oklahoma’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Oklahoma to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Oklahoma State University is increasing its testing capability after procuring supplies sufficient to analyze approximately 10,000 test samples being taken by health professionals across the state.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued a statement clarifying elective surgeries and procedures suspended under Executive Order 2020-07 (4th amended).
Oregon
  • Oregon Health Authority coronavirus resource page.
  • Oregon Coronavirus Information & Resources
  • February 28, 2020—Governor Brown convened a Coronavirus Response Team tasked with coordinating state and local agencies and health authorities. The group will meet regularly and make recommendations to the Governor. 
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Kate Brown wrote a letter to Vice President Pence requesting the release of additional PPE supplies from the federal government’s strategic national stockpile.
  • March 5, 2020—The State of Oregon reached an agreement with health insurance companies to waive cost-sharing for patients who testing for COVID-19. The agreement means that people with insurance and group health plans won’t face co-payments, co-insurance, or deductibles for COVID-19 testing at in-network healthcare providers or emergency rooms. It will also cover immunization for covered people, when that becomes available.
  • March 8, 2020—Governor Brown issued a state of emergency on Sunday, 9 March, 2020 as the state’s identified cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 rise to 14.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Brown issued a policy to limit transmission of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.    
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Brown announced statewide school closures for K-12 schools in Oregon from March 16th through March 31st.  
  • March 12, 2020—Oregon is sending an Incident Management Team to Seattle-King Co., WA to support planners and public health officials through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. 
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor announced new statewide actions for the next four weeks regarding social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor signed an executive order which extended statewide school closures until April 28.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced an extension of the statewide school closure to a total of six weeks, until April 28, and issued further guidance for Oregon’s public schools.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor directed all Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics, and health care providers, including veterinarians and dentists, to cease all non-emergency medical procedures to conserve personal protective equipment.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 20-11, placing a 90-day moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 20-12, directing Oregonians to stay at home to the maximum extent possible, outlining new guidance for child care facilities, and expanding the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a temporary emergency order requiring insurance companies to extend grace periods for premium payments, postpone policy cancellations and nonrenewals, and extend deadlines for reporting claims.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor and the Oregon Department of Revenue announced an extension through July 15 for Oregon tax filing and payment deadlines for personal income taxes and some other taxes, such as corporate income and excise taxpayers.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor called on the federal government to open a special enrollment period for Oregonians to buy health insurance and apply for federal subsidies through HealthCare.gov. Specifically, the Governor requested that the enrollment period open immediately and last at least 30 days.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Oregon’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Oregon to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance on Executive Order 20-12, which directed Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives.” Specifically, the guidance clarified:
    • Social service agencies providing for basic food, water, shelter, and hygiene needs of any person who is unable to meet those same needs without the service providers should remain open; and,
    • People experiencing unsheltered homelessness are not subject to enforcement under the executive order simply since they are in public and unable to stay at home.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor launched a statewide public awareness campaign to inform Oregonians about the urgent importance of staying home to save lives.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced the state’s major disaster declaration was approved by the President, with funding that would provide for:
    • Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety;
    • Emergency operation and coordination costs;
    • Medical sheltering; and,
    • Purchase and distribution of food, water, medicine and other consumable supplies, including personal protective equipment.

Pennsylvania
  • March 5, 2020—The state updated their interim guidance for healthcare professionals responding to potential coronavirus cases.
  • March 7, 2020—Governor Wolf is coordinating with legislative leaders on a package that would aim to allocate resources towards supporting county and municipal health departments, secure equipment and personnel, disseminate public health messaging, and support care for the senior population and those most at risk for infection.  
  • March 10, 2020—The Department of Insurance issued a notice regarding preparedness plans and information for educating enrollees on their benefits for COIVD treatment and testing. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Wolf issued guidance on restricting travel for state employees as well as new directives to address large gatherings, telework, and paid leave for impacted employees.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Wolf provided guidance for Montgomery County and the state of Pennsylvania on reducing the spread of the virus. 
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Wolf announces closure of Pennsylvania schools.
  • March 15, 2020—The Governor issued an order to close all dine-in facilities starting on March 16 in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties for the next 14 days.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued statewide mitigation efforts beginning on March 17 which include the following:
    • Closing of all restaurants and dine-in services
    • A no-visitor policy for correctional facilities and nursing homes
    • Restrictions around non-essential travel
    • Closure of licensed childcare centers 
    • Closure of adult day care centers, adult training facilities, Provocations facilities, LIFE centers and Senior Community Centers
    • Visitor restrictions for state centers to ensure health and safety for individuals with an intellectual disability
    • Visitor restrictions for assisted living and personal care homes to minimize exposure to our seniors and individuals with disabilities
    • Telework or a 10 workday paid absence for individuals who do not have telework capability
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued guidance for non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced that the Governor of Pennsylvania is joining their coalition to implement a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. The Governors expanded their previous orders to include:
    • Limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people;
    • Closing restaurants and bars for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only; and
    • Temporary closing of movie theaters, gyms, and casinos.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order suspending all non-life-sustaining business.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in the state through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued targeted “Stay at Home” orders to seven highest-burden counties that will be in effect until April 6.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor updated previous school closure guidance, extending the deadline to at least April 6.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced that funding is available for small businesses through a program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor expanded the “Stay at Home” order to Lehigh and Northampton counties, bringing the total number of counties under a stay at home directive in Pennsylvania to 10.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced a web portal to source needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced $50 million in transferred state funding will be spent to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting the USDA:
    • Waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program;
    • Reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and
    • Reconsider its interpretation of recent changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to allow for additional flexibility.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Pennsylvania’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Pennsylvania to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed House Bill 1232, which provides $50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate Bill 751, which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure, and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student teacher and standardized assessments.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2 and makes other election process changes.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed House Bill 68, which makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers by waiving the one week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants, among other things.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor expanded the “Stay at Home” orders to include nine additional counties, bringing the state total to 19 counties under a stay-at- home order.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor expanded the “Stay at Home” orders to include three additional counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor approved a request by the Pennsylvania Department of State to suspend several provisions that create barriers to temporary licensure. The Governor’s approval streamlined the process for retired doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers, allowed out-of-state practitioners to practice in the state, expanded telemedicine, and launched a portal to purchase medical supplies. 
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor received approval for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to operate a Disaster Household Distribution program to provide critical food supplies to hard hit Pennsylvanians.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor requested a major disaster declaration to provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor committed his administration to establishing a policy that strictly prohibits discrimination based on disability or socioeconomic status whereby these groups will be ensured the fair and equitable allocation of scare resources should healthcare needs exceed system capacity.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor extended the “Stay at Home” order to four additional counties, bringing the state to a total of 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor extended the stay-at-home orders through April 30 and directed all Pennsylvania schools to remain closed until further notice.
Puerto Rico
  • Departamento De Salud coronavirus resource page.
  • March 12, 2020—The Governor announced that Puerto Rico will be in a state of emergency and also announced the activation of the National Guard.  
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor announced an island-wide curfew and the closing of all nonessential businesses.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order easing procurement regulations to make viable the acquisition of goods and essential services. 
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order to address the needs of the population of homeless people to provide additional medical and social services.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-026, extending the duties and force of the Executive Committee of Medical Advisory (“Medical Task Force of COVID-19”) through the end of March.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order relaxing regulatory requirements to streamline the state procurement process.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that outlines additional tasks and functions to be provided by the National Guard.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring the mandatory quarantine of all passengers arriving on the island from the U.S. or any international destination.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order extended certain measures intended to control the risk of community transmission.

Rhode Island
  • State of Rhode Island Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 1, 2020—Rhode Island established an Incident Command System response to organize state agency preparedness and response activities. It includes staff from numerous state agencies, including emergency management, behavioral health, education, human services, environmental management, and others.   
  • March 1, 2020—The Rhode Island Department of Health is coordinating with other state agencies and community organizations to support anyone doing self-quarantining to ensure that people who are remaining at home have the support services they need. This includes support with everyday needs, such as prescriptions and groceries. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Raimondo issued guidance for large events in Rhode Island to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor announced guidance directing all child care centers in Rhode Island to close. She also announced that the Rhode Island Department of Education will be working with local school districts to make “grab and go” meals available to students while schools are closed.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that public schools should implement distance learning through April 3.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that directs health insurers to cover telemedicine visits.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Public Utilities Commission issued an emergency declaration that places a moratorium on public utilities terminating services.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Department of Health announced that out-of-state health care providers can obtain a temporary 90-day license to practice in the state.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor made several important announcements about the state’s evolving response strategy:
    • State courts will not process any residential or commercial evictions for the next 30 days.
    • Rhode Islanders who suspect price gouging or COVID-19 scams should report them to the Attorney General’s office.
    • The state created an online form so organizations can donate laboratory supplies and personal protective equipment to fill gaps in due to increased testing demand.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor activated the Rhode Island National Guard, allowing 1,000 Guardsmen and Guardswomen to train civilian medical personnel, staff call centers, and distribute food and necessities to the most vulnerable.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor extended the 2019 tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15, consistent with changes made in federal law.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced several initiatives designed to assist frontline workers who may need child care services.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced new guidelines for retailers and grocers, which must, among other things:
    • Allow no more than 20 percent of state fire capacity in the store at a time;
    • Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
    • Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations; and
    • Assign employee(s) to ensure the CDC cleaning guidelines are followed.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Rhode Island’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Rhode Island to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an Executive Order mandating that anyone who has traveled to New York by any form of transportation must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island. The order applies to anyone who has been in New York in the past 14 days and going forward.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced that small business owners can now receive 45 minutes of free tech support via teleconference or over the phone, which is being coordinated by Rhode Island Commerce and staffed by volunteers from some of Rhode Island’s tech companies.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor extended several regulations and announced several changes to the state’s SNAP program to provide maximum relief as provided by the CARES Act.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced several state actions, including:
    • Issuing a stay-at-home order until April 13;
    • Ordering anyone coming to Rhode Island by any mode of transportation after visiting another state for a non-work-related purpose to self-quarantine for 14 days;
    • Limiting gatherings to groups no more than 5; and,
    • Closing all non-critical retail businesses.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced several state actions including:
    • Directing all out-of-state drivers to pull over at information stations, staffed by the National Guard in partnership with the Department of Health;
    • Suspending all childcare licenses until April 4;
    • Suspending all Medicaid terminations at quarterly income verifications; and,
    • Allowing a 90-day extension on DMV expirations for March or April.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor delayed the state’s presidential primary to June 2 and will send all registered Rhode Islanders a mail ballot application in the coming weeks.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor mandated all child care providers (centers and families) to close, while the state reevaluates child care license suspensions on a week to week basis.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced several education initiatives:
    • Rhode Island schools will continue distance learning through the month of April;
    • All households that have a smart phone with a WiFi hotspot feature and have cell phone service from one of the four most common providers in the state (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) will be able to activate the hot spot feature free of charge;
    • All Rhode Island students are challenged to read every single day during the month of April – all thirty days; and,
    • A special press conference will be held this week specifically for kids to have their voices heard and questions answered.
South Carolina
  • South Carolina DHEC coronavirus resource page.
  • March 13, 2020 – Governor McMaster issued an executive order that all K-12 schools, including universities, colleges, and technical colleges be closed through the end of the month.
  • March 14, 2020 – The SC Board of Medical Examiners and the SC Board of Nursing implemented procedures to broaden licensure requirements for out of state health professionals to practice in the state during this public health emergency.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor signed an executive order on additional measures that:
    • Close all dine-in facilities from March 18 through March 31;
    • Prohibit any large public gathering from March 19 through March 31;
    • Activate the South Carolina National Guard; and
    • Delay the state tax filing deadline.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order which, among other actions:
    • Directs all non-essential employees at each public university, college, and technical college to work from home;
    • Waives regulations to allow unemployment claims to be expedited by at least one week;
    • Suspends unemployment insurance payments for employers through June 1;
    • Suspends procurement regulations for all state agencies; and
    • Suspends enforcement of certificate of need regulations to expedite treatment.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the U.S. Small Business Administration approved the state’s request for the agency to offer South Carolina’s small businesses with disaster assistance. All 46 counties are included in the disaster declaration.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-12, which directs the Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations to allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or “to-go” orders only. Additionally, the Order extends the state’s income tax deadline to July 15, in line with the new federal income tax deadline.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-13, authorizing law enforcement to disperse congregate groups of people that pose a clear risk to public safety.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-16 closing all public access points to state beaches, public boat ramps, landings, and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.
South Dakota
  • South Dakota Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 5, 2020—Governor Noem and the South Dakota Department of Health commissioned an agency taskforce for coordination and planning with partners and other state agencies, developed an action plan for information management, incident management, and monitoring for persons at risk of infection, among other actions.
  • March 10, 2020—The South Dakota State Department of Health issued guidance to school administrators regarding prevention and mitigation in schools. 
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Noem signed a state of emergency order for South Dakota.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor activated the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program in South Dakota to help eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor and her team are working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program in South Dakota.  
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced that all schools in South Dakota will remain closed for another week.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that she is working with the Small Business Administration to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding to companies negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor extended her executive order directing state employees to continue to telework through the next week and maintaining the ban on state employee work-related travel outside South Dakota.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order, urging South Dakotans to practice CDC recommendations and implement social distancing measures; and urging businesses to modify business practices as necessary to comply with CDC guidance.
  • March 25, 2020The Department Of Education issued guidance on child care for health workers and first responders during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tennessee
  • Tennessee coronavirus resource page.
  • March 5, 2020—Governor Lee announced the formation of a task force to enhance Tennessee’s coordinated efforts to prevent, identify and treat potential cases of COVID-19. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Lee issued a State of Emergency to free up funds for the treatment and containment of COVID-19 
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor issued further guidance regarding mass gatherings, schools, state employees and the State Capitol Building as more confirmed cases of COVID-19 surface in Tennessee:
    • Congregations and groups are urged to consider alternatives to traditional services by utilizing live streams, pre-recorded messages and other electronic means.
    • Events larger than 250 people are discouraged to limit exposure to COVID-19.
    • School districts have been advised to exercise discretion when canceling school for K-12 students. The state will provide further support for districts pursuing this action but urge districts to consider the prevalence of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their area. In partnership with districts, students who depend on school-provided meals will still receive this support, regardless of school closure.
    • State employees who have been trained and certified to work from home within the state’s Alternative Workplace Solutions program will work from home through March 31, 2020.
    • State employees have been instructed to cease all non-essential business travel through March 31, 2020.
    • The Tennessee State Capitol is closed to tours and visitors through March 31, 2020. Members of the media will continue to have access to the State Capitol building.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced limiting all remaining legislative business to fulfilling the constitutional requirement of passing a balanced budget, and any associated actions that will ensure Tennessee can keep its doors open.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor urged all school districts in Tennessee to close by March 20 and remain closed through March 31. The Governor announced that during this time the School Food Authorities will have flexibility to continue to provide meals to at-risk students who rely on meals.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor also announced the following actions:
    • The Governor encouraged childcare facilities to remain open to support community needs and directed the Department of Human Services to relax the regulatory burden on child care centers.
    • The state will provide $10 million in response and recovery grants to support existing childcare facilities.
    • The Tennessee Department of Human Service issued a policy offering emergency cash assistance utilizing TANF funds. Assistance will be up to $1,000 for families of five or more who qualify and who have experienced loss of a job as a result of COVID-19.
    • The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is working to determine how to utilize the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The Department will extend unemployment benefits to those quarantined by a physician for COVID-19.
    • The Governor’s amended budget includes $200 million to provide specific relief to county and city governments.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 17 calling on businesses to utilize “alternative business models” and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people. The order also:
    • Orders restaurants and bars to offer only drive-thru, take-out, or delivery, and permits closed-container alcohol take-out or delivery;
    • Temporarily closes gyms and fitness centers; and
    • Limits visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes, and long-term care facilities.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor established a COVID-19 Unified Command to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. The Command will be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor mobilized the National Guard to assist with expanding testing efforts. The mobilization consists of 250 personnel, including 150 medical personnel.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor extended work from home orders for state employees under the Alternative Workplace Solutions program, until April 24.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor extended statewide school closures until April 24.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced a series of administrative actions, including:
    • Delaying the deadline to file franchise and excise taxes until July 15;
    • Suspending the issuance of REAL ID through May 18;
    • Waiving emissions testing requirements through May 18;
    • Filing an emergency petition, in partnership with the Attorney General, an emergency petition asking the Tennessee Public Utility Commission to prohibit utilities from disconnecting services for non-payment during the state of emergency; and
    • Directing the Department of Commerce and Insurance to issue guidance to providers requesting flexibility for employers and individuals.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the purchase of additional testing supplies using CDC funding.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Department of Human Services announced the use of emergency response and recovery grants for existing child care facilities, allowing churches, gyms, or non-profits to register with the Department to open an emergency temporary child care facility.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of Tennessee Talent Exchange, a public-private partnership with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, Tennessee Retail Association, and Hospitality TN to match out of work Tennesseans with companies currently experiencing business surges.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an Executive Order to better mobilize health care workers, by:
    • Loosening restrictions around retired medical professionals returning to the workforce;
    • Temporarily suspending continuing education requirements so professionals can continue to work through the pandemic;
    • Calling for the availability of phone assessments for individuals with mental illness or emotional disturbances; and
    • Expanding telemedicine efforts.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor extended emergency cash assistance (TANF) for up to two months to families significantly impacted by COVID-19. Families who have lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic are eligible.  
  • March 29, 2020 – The COVID-19 Unified Command announced coordination with the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing to address the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility:
    • The transport of 23 residents to Sumner Regional Medical Center via an ambulance strike team of EMS Professionals on Friday, March 27;
    • Engagement of the National Guard on-site to assist with testing;
    • Isolation of staff members who tested positive; and
    • Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the facility.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order issuing “Shelter in Place” guidelines, which will remain in effect until April 14.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Unified Command announced a partnership with LaunchTN to work with Tennessee businesses and entrepreneurs willing to switch production to make PPE.
Texas
  • Texas Department of Health Services coronavirus resource page.
  • January 27, 2020—The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the lead agency for response, activated the State Medical Operations Center (SMOC). The SMOC serves as a touchpoint for any requests from local entities, and ensures consistent collection, tracking, and reporting of public health activities and data. DSHS and Texas Division of Emergency management have begun bi-weekly meetings with all relevant state agencies at the SMOC to discuss up-to-date emergency planning documents and how plans will be implemented.  
  • February 27, 2020—Agencies will implement disinfecting measures at places like driver’s license offices and schools, as well as ensure high-risk populations, such as those in daycares, nursing homes, assisted living associations, and health care facilities, are prepared and properly cared for. 
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Abbott issued a statement regarding price-gouging of medical supplies, pointing out that should there be extensive reports of price-gouging, the Governor can grant the Texas Attorney General broader powers to prosecute those cases. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Abbott and the Texas Department of Insurance requested insurers and HMOs to waive copayments, co-insurance, and deductibles for “testing and telemedicine visits for the diagnosis of coronavirus,” that is consistent with CDC guidance. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services urged Texans to take preventative measures 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Abbott  hosted a call with Texas legislators, mayors, and judges, reiterating state support in the form of resources and supplies, as well as encouraging locals to track expenses for potential federal reimbursement.  
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor declared a state of disaster in Texas due to COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, the Governor is requesting that the Department of Education waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced that Texas is waiving certain rules relating to vehicle registration, parking placards for persons with disabilities, and titling to aid the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor granted the Office of the Attorney General’s request for suspension of certain open-meeting statutes. This temporary suspension will allow for telephonic or videoconference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public in an effort to reduce in-person meetings that assemble large groups of people.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the first death as a result of COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor activated the National Guard in preparation to assist with the COVID-19 response. The activation excludes first responders and health care workers so they may continue to serve in their respective fields.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor granted waivers to allow hospitals to increase the total number of unused beds without having to apply or pay additional fees in addition to directing the Texas Department of Insurance to issue an emergency rule regarding telemedicine care for patients.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor requested designation from the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Declaration in order to access the Economic Injury Disaster Loan to provide long-term, low-interest loans to affected and qualified businesses across Texas.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily waive expiration dates on driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, and other forms of identification.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code in order to allow political subdivisions to postpone 2020 local elections. Local government will have the ability to postpone May 2elections until November 3.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced a collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEA) on the Texas Students MealFinder Map launching March 20. The map, available on the TEA website, will allow parents to locate LEA facilities serving meals to the community.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued a waiver allowing restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons. He also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive certain provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened product.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced immediate closure of all driver license offices across the state.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued a series of Executive Orders to accomplish the following:
    • Order No. 1: Prohibiting public gatherings of 10 or more people.
    • Order No. 2: Discouraging dine-in at restaurants and bars, or visitation of gyms and massage parlors.
    • Order No. 3: Prohibiting visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes, or long-term care facilities.
    • Order No. 4: Closing schools.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services declared a state of public health disaster for the state of Texas.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor directed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to temporarily suspend inmate fees for health care services related to COVID-19.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order suspending residential eviction proceedings through April 19, 2020.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration granted Texas access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the temporary suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code to allow for refunds of application fees to businesses who applied for temporary event permits for events that were later cancelled. 
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor temporarily waived regulations to allow pharmacists to conduct telephonic consultations and removed regulations to enable pharmacies to operate at full strength.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued a proclamation, postponing the runoff primary election until July 14, 2020.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor waived regulations to expand the Texas nursing workforce by:
    • Allowing temporary permit extensions to practice for graduate nurses and vocational nurses that haven’t yet taken the licensing exam;
    • Allowing students in their final year of nursing school to meet clinical objectives by exceeding the 50% limit on stimulated experiences; and
    • Allowing nurses with inactive licenses or retired nurses to reactivate their licenses.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor signed an Executive Order postponing non-immediate surgeries and procedures to expand hospital bed capacity.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that Texas received $36.9 million from the CDC as part of the initial allotment from the first emergency coronavirus bill passed by Congress. The Texas Department of State Health Services will distribute $19.5 million to 43 local health departments.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor formally requested a major federal disaster declaration in Texas.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of Supply Chain Strike Force, responsible for collaboration between public and private sectors to supply health care facilities with necessary supplies and resources.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Supply Chain Strike Force secured more that $83 million worth of purchase orders for essential supplies and will begin receiving 100,000 masks per day by the end of next week; and that the Texas Division of Emergency Management will begin receiving 1,000 masks per day by the end of the week.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order to better track hospital bed capacity and COVID-19 test results across the state.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor directed the State Department of Health to permit restaurants to sell bulk retail products from restaurant supply chain distributors directly to consumers.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the receipt of a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living to help provide meals for older adults.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting permission to allow Texas SNAP recipients to use their benefits at take out and drive thru restaurants.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the federal declaration of a major disaster for the state of Texas.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor waived certain licensing renewal and subsequent fees for nurses in Texas and authorized a six-month grace period for nurses with expired licenses.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor temporarily waived certain hospital licensing rules and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission adopted an emergency rule to increase hospital capacity.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor requested access to interest-free federal loans to pay unemployment claims and accelerated the release of funds from the Texas account of the federal Unemployment Trust Fund.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Texas Health and Human Service Commission submitted a Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order mandating a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Texas from Tri-State airports in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, as well as from New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor waived certain Texas Workforce Commission regulations to preserve and extend childcare capacity for frontline workers.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced the deployment of the National Guard Joint Task Force Brigades to manage drive through testing locations and support the state’s healthcare infrastructure.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor waived certain licensing renewal regulations for Texas pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy technician trainees, extending expiration dates for licenses and temporarily suspending continuing education requirements for pharmacists.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor waived regulations to expedite licensing reactivation processes for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Texas Health and Human Service Commission submitted a Section 1135 waiver.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced Executive Orders GA-12 and GA-13, mandating a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving from anywhere in Louisiana and expanding a previous Executive Order, mandating a 14-day quarantine for air travelers from New York Tri-State Area, California, Louisiana, Washington, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Miami, FL.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order prohibiting the release of individuals in custody with a history of offenses involving physical violence.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor waived certain cost-sharing provisions so public safety employees who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment will be reimbursed for medical expenses related to their treatment.
  • March 30, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Texas’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. As announced by the Governor, the approved waiver enables Texas to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
Utah
  • Utah.gov coronavirus resource page.
  • January 29, 2020—The Utah Department of Health activated its Incident Command System to ensure effective communication and coordination among state agencies.
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Herbert declared a state of emergency, which is part of the state’s preparedness plan and came at the recommendation of the Governors COVID-19 Task Force. 
  • March 2, 2020—Utah established the COVID-19 Community Task Force. On 10 March, the task force recommended that hospital and health care systems establish satellite sites for testing.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Herbert issued a statement praising the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints’ decision to host sessions of its General Conference remotely and to limit mass gatherings in the immediate future. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Herbert, in partnership with the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, issued official recommendations to: limit gatherings of 100+ people (including church); not participate in group gatherings for individuals over 60 years of age or immunocompromised; and restrict access to long-term care facilities.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Herbert approved recommendations to the Utah Systems of Higher Education and the Utah State Board of Education to transition to online teaching.  
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Herbert announced recommendations the implementation of several precautionary measures across the state of Utah to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus. 
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced that Utah’s public schools will implement a two-week dismissal, or “soft closure,” starting Monday, March 16. The dismissal is designed to help implement social distancing and slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our communities.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Utah Department of Health ordered all restaurants and bars to close dining rooms, effective March 18.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued three executive orders, that will:
    • Lessen the burden on establishments with liquor licenses by facilitating returns of product to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control;
    • Allow the public to view Board of Pardons and Parole hearings remotely; and
    • Facilitate the ability of public bodies to conduct meetings electronically.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Utah Board of Education waived requirements regarding the calendar year, transportation, and assessments. The Board also directed staff to continue to distribute state funding to local education agencies.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Utah Department of Health amended a recent order, removing a potential criminal penalty association with gathering in groups of 10 or more.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor, State Superintendent, and Acting Commissioner of Technical Education announced that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through May 1, 2020.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Utah Department of Health announced restrictions on non-urgent medical, dental, and veterinary procedures.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order suspending sections of the state statute to ease the provision of telehealth care to patients.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order suspending certain requirements on signature gathering for candidates seeking to get on the ballot.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive to provide further guidance to individuals and businesses regarding hygiene, gatherings, travel, and outdoor recreation.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Child Care Task Force created One Utah Child Care to meet child care needs of essential employees such as healthcare workers.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program to assist small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Utah State Tax Commissioners approved extensions to tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor lifted restrictions that prevented retirees from public jobs reenter the workforce. This will allow certain public employees return to jobs that are deemed critical to the coronavirus response like first responders, healthcare and public health workers and those in financial services.  

Vermont
  • Vermont Health Department coronavirus resource page.– This resource page is regularly updated with guidance for healthcare providers, long term care facilities, schools, child care centers, businesses and more.
  • February 28, 2020—The Vermont Agency of Education issued guidance to Vermont schools on materials, cleaning and disinfecting, travel guidance, school closure and absences. 
  • March 2, 2020—Governor Scott established a COVID-19 Task Force to support the state’s ongoing public health response
  • March 6, 2020—The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation issued an Insurance Bulletin instructing all health insurers in Vermont to cover any medically necessary COVID-19 testing with no co-payment, coinsurance or deductible.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Scott activated the State Emergency Operations Center to expand the state’s capacity to coordinate and respond to COVID-19.
  • March 10, 2020—The Vermont Department of Health issued guidance to healthcare providers and workers regarding death certification and disposition of remains for patients with COVID-19. 
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Scott declared a state of emergency
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school related activities, no later than March 18.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced new guidance and action taken in response to COVID-19:
    • Restricting the size of mass gatherings to the lesser of 50 people or 50% of the occupancy of certain facilities.
    • The closure of all bars and restaurants statewide. Establishments can continue to offer food takeout and delivery service. This measure is effective beginning 2:00 PM on March 17 and is in effect until April 6; and
    • State government agencies and departments are working to transition the state employee workforce to remote work, while also implementing measures to limit person to person transactions in state offices.
  • March 17, 2020  – The Governor issued guidance to childcare centers to close normal operations but continue essential operations as needed to provide childcare to workers essential to the COVID-19 response.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Vermont Agencies of Education and Human Services issued official guidance regarding “Supporting the Childcare Needs of Essential Persons During a Novel Coronavirus Outbreak,” in line with the Governor’s directive for schools to provide childcare to essential persons in the state’s COVID-19 response.
  • March 18, 2020 – Vermont designated grocery employees as emergency workers. 
  • March 19, 2020 – Vermont Governor Scott issued a gubernatorial directive to the Department of Liquor and Lottery amending regulations related to onsite alcoholic beverage consumption in support of small businesses affected by restaurant closures. 
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the availability of U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million for Vermont small businesses. 
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor announced additional mitigation measures prohibiting in-person operations at businesses unable to comply with social-distancing guidelines, including gyms, fitness centers, salons, spas, and tattoo parlors.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help citizens connect to public internet.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued a “Stay at Home Order” directing Vermonters to leave their homes only for critical reasons, and suspending in-person operations of all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempt.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor directed schools to remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Division of Children and Families released Financial Incentives to Child Care Programs serving the COVID-19 Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor ordered additional restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont, including a 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers and request for those from areas identified as COVID-19 “hot spots” to not travel to the state.
  • March 30, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Vermont’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Vermont to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines.
Virgin Islands
  • Virgin Islands coronavirus update.
  • February 2020 –Governor Albert Bryan Jr. established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force led by Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion and comprising Cabinet members, agency officials and disease specialists.  
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Bryan declared a state of emergency
  • March 13, 2020 – Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Richard Evangelista instituted a price freeze until further notice.
  • March 16, 2020 – On the authority granted to him under the state of emergency, the Governor announced he is closing all public schools through April 14. On the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virgin Islands Department of Health, the Governor also bans gatherings of more than 50 people and postpones the USVI Carnival.
  • March 16 – The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services asked all senior citizens to sign up for the Emergency Assistance Senior Registry.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced new procedures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including limiting the number of customers permitted at any given time, and online vehicle registration.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor directed commissioners and directors to implement different telework, flexible work schedules and social distancing practices until further notice.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Department of Labor clarified that employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits.
  • March 19, 2020 – During a press conference to update residents on the Territory’s response to COVID-19, the Governor cited CDC guidelines and asked residents to restrict gatherings to 10 persons and practice social distancing. He also asks bars and restaurants to limit service to take-out and pick-up and asks non-essential businesses to limit operations.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor requested a Disaster Declaration from the Small Business Administration to mitigate COVID-19, which the Small Business Administration grants the following day.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor sent proposed legislation down to the V.I. Legislature requesting emergency authorization to use public funds and issue bonds and revenue anticipation notes for up to $60 million to fight COVID-19 in the USVI.
  • March 21, 2020 – Governor Bryan advised residents to stay at home and all non-essential businesses to close.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order requiring non-essential businesses to close and increasing restrictions on leisure travel into the territory. The order will also accomplish the following:
    • Closes all bars in the territory and restricts dine-in services;
    • Limits capacity of taxis and safaris;
    • Prohibits hotels, guest houses, villas, bed-and-breakfasts, Airbnbs, and charter vessels from accepting new bookings for 30 days;
    • Delineates essential businesses that may remain open; and
    • Suspends portions of the V.I. Code including sections related to landlord-tenant actions and provisions prohibiting government retirees from receiving their annuities if they return to the workforce.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Virgin Islands Tourism Department announced it’s temporary closure.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Virgin Islands Department of Education announced it will begin distributing breakfast and lunch on March 26 to students attending all public, private and parochial schools in its “No V.I. Child Goes Hungry” feeding initiative.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor proposed legislation requesting the use of $60 million to supplement USVI government operations.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor extended the state of emergency as well as the Stay at Home order until April 30.
Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • March 4, 2020— Virginia’s public health and safety experts established an Incident Management Team across state government to lead the Commonwealth’s planning and response for COVID-19. 
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Northam issued a statement addressing plans to enable state employee teleworking. He also encouraged private businesses to explore telework and paid time-off options. 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency on 12 March to address COVID-19. Guidance included a ban on out-of-state travel, implementation of telework policies, cancelling specially scheduled state events for 30 days, and urging avoidance of large public gatherings.
  • March 13, 2020The Governor ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced a temporary ban on all public events of more than 100 people.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor joined the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of the District of Columbia in calling on the President to add the National Capital Region to the list of priority locations for federal supported COVID-19 testing sites.
  • March 17, 2020  – The Governor announced additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including:
    • Recommending reduction of public gatherings of more than 10 people, in accordance with federal guidelines;
    • Encouraging those with chronic health conditions and those aged 65 or older to self-quarantine;
    • Mandating restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters reduce capacity to 10 people, or to close;
    • And closing Virginia’s 75 DMV offices to the public.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor moved to increase support to affected workers and employers by:
    • Directing the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits;
    • Enhancing unemployment eligibility to include those directed to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official;
    • Granting affected workers special considerations on deadlines for mandatory re-employment appointments and work search requirements;
    • Activating regional workforce teams to support employers who have slowed or ceased operations;
    • Waiving financial penalties for employers who experience an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits;
    • Authorizing funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for employers to remain open; and
    • Directing employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor and the Health Commissioner issued a Public Health Emergency Order to enforce a prohibition on more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions.
    • Increased access to health care for Medicaid members and low-income residents including waived co-pays and expanded access to telehealth.
    • Modifications to Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program to expand eligibility and ensure continued support for essential personnel.
    • Approved Economic Injury Disaster Loan to support Virginia small businesses.
    • Suspension of in-person visitations to state correctional facilities.
    • Suspension of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed an Executive Order giving hospitals and nursing homes more flexibility to add beds.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Virginia Department of Health amended testing criteria, giving additional priority to first responders and medical professionals who have had contact with confirmed cases.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 53:
    • Orders the closure of non-essential businesses and permits carry-out food and alcohol services, and delineates essential businesses;
    • Bans gatherings of more than 10 people;
    • Closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic school year; and
    • Urges Virginians to stay home except for essential travel.

The order will remain in effect until April 23.

  • March 23, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Virginia’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Virginia to lift prior authorization requirements and extend fair hearing and appeals timelines in its Medicaid program.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor and the State Health Commissioner directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures for the preservation of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor encouraged Virginians to complete the 2020 Census online.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued a “Stay at Home” executive order, effective until June 10. Violation of the order will be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Washington
  • Washington state coronavirus resource page.
  • February 29, 2020—Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency and called for implementation of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Governor also mobilized the National Guard in state status to support efforts. 
  • March 4, 2020—The state senate unanimously approved $100 million funding package to support state and local public health organizations respond to the coronavirus. An amendment was added that ensures individuals can access unemployment benefits without meeting the work search requirements if they are under isolation or quarantine.
  • March 4, 2020—According to news sources, King County purchased a motel to expand its ability to provide quarantine.
  • March 5, 2020—Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order for all state-regulated health plans to waive co-pays and deductibles for testing, allow for a one-time early refill on prescription medications, and allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no cost (if there is not enough providers testing in network).   
  • March 5, 2020—The Department of Labor and Industries has changed its workers compensation policies to ensure that benefits are provided to health care workers and first responders who are quarantined. 
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Inslee issued rules guiding visitor rules, screening, and protective measures for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Inslee announced a ban on gatherings of 250 people or more in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties as part of a social distancing strategy.  
  • March 10, 2020—The Governor’s office published a resource list for business and workers in the state who have been impacted by the virus. These resources are aimed at supporting economic retention and recovery efforts.  
  • March 10, 2020—The Washington State Department of Health developed a suite of policy considerations and recommendations for school facilities, correctional facilities, and broader community-based organizations.  
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation prohibiting large public events with more the 250 people in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Inslee announced closures of all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties for the next six weeks.  
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor signed a proclamation requiring that all public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship and similar programs are prohibited from conducting in-person classroom instruction and lectures.
  • March 14, 2020 – The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner issued an emergency order to state-regulated health plans to cover testing and lab fees related to COVID-19 without copays or deductibles and to suspend prior authorization requirements for treatments.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor signed an emergency proclamation temporarily shutting down restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed a series of bills that permit the following actions to bolster the state response to COVID-19:
    • Provide $200 million to state agencies, local government and tribal governments to respond to COVID-19 and move $175 million from the Budget Stabilization Account to the Disaster Response Account for COVID-19 mitigation. Legislation will also permit $25 million from the Budget Stabilization Account to be used to assist businesses with unemployment impacts.
    • Increase surge capacity in health care workforce by reducing credentialing delays for healthcare workers and allowing managed care organizations to fill positions with substitute heath care providers.
    • Allow hourly school employees to maintain health care eligibility provided by the School Employees Benefits Board for the duration of school closures.
    • Allow state workers and school district employees forced to isolate or quarantine due to infection or exposure to use shared leave.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor issued proclamations restricting access to long-term care facilities and temporarily suspending vision tests for driver license applicants through April 15.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor’s Office compiled a list of resources for businesses offering extensions on tax filings and waiving penalties for late payments for impacted businesses.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner posted information on insurance for businesses and event cancellation insurance.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor requested that President Donald Trump dispatch the U.S.S. Mercy to Puget Sound in order to support health care capacity.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures to free up health care workers and protective equipment. The restrictions will not apply to emergency and urgent needs.
  • March 19, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Washington’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables the Washington to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to President Trump requesting the declaration of a federal major disaster in the state of Washington.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Washington State Department of Health published guidelines on allocation of personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • First Tier Recipients: long-term care facilities, hospitals with the greatest number of confirmed cases, EMS and first responders asked to transport confirmed patients, and health-care workers supporting long-term care facilities with confirmed cases.
    • Second Tier Recipients: health care facilities with fewer confirmed cases, congregate locations with confirmed cases, other EMS services, and Department of Health-run isolation and quarantine facilities.
    • Third Tier Recipients: quarantine and isolation facilities run by other jurisdictions, skilled nursing facilities, other health care facilities, and outpatient facilities.
    • Fourth Tier Recipients: homeless shelters and other congregate locations, and family members of confirmed cases.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor named Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono as the Washington state director for COVID-19 Health System Response Management
  • March 22, 2020 – The White House approved the Governor’s request, declaring a major disaster in Washington state.
  • March 22, 2020 – President Trump announced the activation of the National guard in Washington state.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure of all state campgrounds through April 30.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced a statewide “Stay at Home” order, which will last for two weeks and could be extended. The order requires all Washingtonians to stay at home except for essential activities; bans all gatherings for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes; and closes all non-essential businesses.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor urged the Trump administration to expand unemployment benefits.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced a series of administrative measures, including:
    • Waiving statutory requirements in the Open Public Meetings Act to prevent gatherings of people, and waiving the requirement in the Public Records Act to respond to or acknowledge requests within five days;
    • Authorizing electronic notary services by waiving the delayed effective date of SB 5641; and
    • Waiving penalties for failure to remit timely tax payments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board until April 22.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed a proclamation waiving work search requirements in order to receive unemployment insurance.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed a proclamation increasing parity between health care providers who deliver in-person and telemedicine care. The measure prohibits insurance carriers from denying telemedicine claims.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced several proclamations, accomplishing the following:
    • Waiving requirements for in-person visitation by children in the custody of the state Department of Children, Youth and Family with family;
    • Waiving licensing requirements for healthcare workers to practice in the state, including ongoing education requirements;
    • Waiving licensing requirements for childcare workers; and
    • Waiving deadlines for local governments to file their required annual financial reports with the State Auditor’s Office.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor sent additional guidance to funeral homes and cemeteries, tribal governments, and real estate stakeholders regarding the “Stay at Home” order.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced guidance to state and local law enforcement on his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, including an online form to report businesses violating orders.
West Virginia
  • March 4, 2020—Governor Justice issued a State of Preparedness Proclamation. 
  • March 9, 2020—The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of a hotline to answer questions of the public and medical providers concerning COVID-19.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Justice  announced a state employee travel ban on out-of-state and international travel and asked West Virginians to reconsider non-essential, personal travel.  
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Justice  issued guidance to State government office to avoid hosting large meetings, authorized emergency exemptions for the acquisition of health supplies, and asked WVSSAC to suspend both the boys and girls WV High School State School Basketball Tournaments.  
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor announced the closure of K-12 schools in the state and issued the following updates:
    • All schools will remain closed to students through at least March 27.
    • Essential staff, as determined by each county board of education, will report March 16 through March 18 to develop continuity plans for students.
    • All teachers, staff, and school service personnel will report March 19 and March 20.
    • County boards of education will determine staff requirements for March 23 and beyond.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor declared a State of Emergency ordering the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Division of Homeland Security, and Emergency Management and the West Virginia National Guard to mobilize appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency. The state of emergency orders that it is unlawful for any person, business, or other entity to sell any food items, essential consumer items, and emergency supplies in a manner that violates the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, which protects consumer from price gouging and unfair pricing practices during and shortly after a State of Emergency.​
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor highlighted other steps the state is taking, including the West Virginia Department of Education’s successful opening of more than 500 sites around the state to ensure children who require school breakfasts and lunches will receive meals during the recently announced statewide school closure.
  • March 17, 2020  – The Governor confirmed West Virginia’s first case of COVID-19. The Governor also ordered the immediate closure of all restaurants, bars, and casinos, permitting only drive-thru operations.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order closing fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, and similar recreation locations statewide.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order closing barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons, effective at midnight.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor directed the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Workforce to provide unemployment benefits to those affected by COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.
  • March 19, 2020 – The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced that Welcome Centers and Rest Areas will remain open to travelers during the state of emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services announced its Vital Registration Office will close to the public until further notice.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order mandating statewide closure of all West Virginia state park lodges and closure of the Hatfield McCoy Trail to the general public.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor urged West Virginians to stay home as much as possible, and businesses to allow employees to telework if possible.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order, ordering all West Virginians to stay at home except for essential needs. The order will remain in place until terminated by a subsequent Executive Order.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor extended the statewide school closure until April 20.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the extension of the state income tax filing and payment deadline until July 15 and waived interest and penalties on property tax filings until May 1.
  • March 25, 2020 –The Cabinet Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency declared that all child care not serving essential personnel should close.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor appointed Dr. Clay March as the State CCOVID-19 Czar.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources and the State Public Health Officer announced that testing and treatment for all uninsured individuals will be covered by WV Medicaid during the national state of emergency.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order requiring out-of-state citizens to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival into West Virginia.
  • March 30, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved West Virginia’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables West Virginia to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus resource page.
  • March 6, 2020—The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance released a bulletin with insurance-related information regarding COVID-19.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Evers declared a public health emergency
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Evers declared a public health emergency and restricted state employee travel.  
  • March 14, 2020 – The Governor ordered K-12 school (public and private) to close starting March 18 with an anticipated reopening date of April 6.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Health Services secretary to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 people or more statewide to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars are required to operate at less than 50 percent capacity or have fewer than 50 people, whichever is less.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Health Services to issue an emergency order prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order waiving work search requirements and modifying eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance benefits.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor requested Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance for Wisconsin small businesses, private, and non-profit organizations to alleviated economic impacts.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor urged the public to follow CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidance by staying home and self-isolating.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced approval of Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration to Wisconsin small businesses.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Health Services to issue updates to a previous order regarding the prohibition of mass gatherings. The changes include:
    • Permitting bars and restaurants to have carryout sales of alcohol and food;
    • Allowing media and news organizations to remain open;
    • Allowing banks, credit unions, and financial institutions to remain open if they maintain social distancing;
    • Allowing all actors in the food delivery system to remain open;
    • Clarifying that cafeterias in healthcare facilities may remain open;
    • Exempting health professionals from mass gathering bans;
    • Permitting facilities used for in-person absentee voting or polling locations to remain open, except for long-term care facilities and assisted care facilities; and
    • Closing hair salons, spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor requested the federal government to take steps to ensure access to personal protective equipment (PPE) from the National Strategic Stockpile (NSS).
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor urged residents to follow CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidance to stay home as much as possible.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor requested the assistance of FEMA in obtaining PPE for law enforcement officers and firefighters at risk of direct exposure.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor directed the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to suspend administrative rules to grant flexibility to school systems. The order will:
    • Streamline waivers regarding required hours of instruction in public schools;
    • Allow students in teacher preparation programs to graduate on time; and
    • Provide flexibility in upcoming due dates.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor issued Emergency Order #11, suspending utility-related administrative rules to allow the Public Service Commission to temporarily order consumer protection measures.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor directed the Department of Health Services Secretary-designee to issue a “Safer at Home” order, prohibiting non-essential travel, with certain exceptions. The order will remain in effect until April 24. 
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor launched the COVID-19 PPE Program to more efficiently move personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves, to healthcare workers and first responders. The program also allows Wisconsinites to donate or sell large quantities of PPE here.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to temporarily order the suspension of evictions and foreclosures.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee issued an Executive Order to simplify healthcare license renewals and streamline workforce re-entry of retired healthcare practitioners, out-of-state practitioners, and practitioners holding expired licenses.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a public-private partnership among Wisconsin industry leaders to increase Wisconsin’s laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19.
Wyoming
  • Wyoming coronavirus resource page.
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Gordon addressed the Wyoming legislature regarding members who attended CPAC, advising members to monitor their health and follow recommendations of health care professionals.  
  • March 13, 2020—Governor Gordon declared a state of emergency in Wyoming.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor recommended that all schools remain closed until April 3. The recommendation must go to local superintendents and school boards who have final authority on the issue.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor created five task forces each to be headed up by the state’s top five elected officials in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Wyoming Department of Health released priority recommendations for Wyoming residents in response to COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of five coronavirus task forces – each led by one of the five top-elected officials – to coordinate COVID-19 response efforts.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Wyoming Department of Health issued a public health order implementing emergency measures to close, restaurants, bars, theaters, gymnasiums, child care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools, with certain exceptions.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor and the Wyoming State Health Office announced a supplemental health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. 
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor announced the eligibility of Wyoming small businesses to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor and State Health Officer ordered the state-wide closure of non-essential personal services, including salons; barber shops; cosmetology, electrology, and aesthetic services; massage parlors; and tattoo, piercing, and body art shops. The order will remain in effect until April 3.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor asked citizens to stay home when possible and limit travel to only essential trips.
  • March 27, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Wyoming’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Wyoming to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor and State Health Officer extended the three existing statewide health orders through April 17.


What steps has the federal government taken to address coronavirus?

  • March 27 – President signs Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding General Motors Company.
  • March 27 – President signs Executive Order Delegating Additional Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19.
  • March 27 – President signs Executive Order to Order the Select Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty
  • March 27, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed by President Trump.
  • March 27, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was approved the U.S. House.
  • March 26, 2020 – Department of Health and Human Services issued designation of scarce COVID-19 resources subject to hoarding prevention measures.
  • March 25, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed the U.S. Senate.
  • March 23, 2020 – The President issued a second Defense Production Act Executive Order: Preventing Hoarding of Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19.

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  • March 22, 2020 – President Trump authorized the use of National Guard under Title 32, 502(f) for California, New York and Washington 
  • March 22, 2020 – President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for Washington and California 
  • March 20, 2020 – President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New York
  • March 19, 2020 – USDA and DOL Announce Information Sharing to Assist H-2A Employers.
  • March 18, 2020 – President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • March 18, 2020 – The U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • March 18, 2020 – HUD Provides Immediate Relief For Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response. HUD announces a suspension of all foreclosure and evictions for the next 60 days.
  • March 16 – The White House released Coronavirus Guidelines for America recommending people avoid discretionary travel and social gatherings larger than 10 people.
  • March 16, 2020 — The U.S. House of Representatives passed, by unanimous consent, the revised Families First Coronavirus Act (H.R. 6201) with technical corrections.
  • March 15, 2020 – The CDC recommended canceling or postponing gatherings of 50 or more people during the next eight weeks. 
  • March 14, 2020—The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • March 13, 2020—President Trump declared a National Emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.
  • March 13, 2020—The Department of Defense issued restrictions on domestic travel for DoD components.
  • March 13, 2020—President Trump appointed Admiral Brett Giroir to coordinate testing efforts among public health service agencies. 
  • March 11, 2020—The Department of Defense issued restrictions on foreign travel for DoD components.
  • March 11, 2020—HHS announced that the CDC will be awarding over $560 million to state and local jurisdictions to support COVID-19 response.
  • March 11, 2020—State Department issued a“Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel” advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad.
  • March 11, 2020—President Donald Trump issued a proclamation limiting entry of foreign nationals who have been in European countries, excluding the U.K. and Ireland, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
  • March 11, 2020 – The White House Task Force on Coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two documents (Actions for All Americans and A Framework for Mitigation) to assist State, local, tribal, and community leaders in slowing the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • March 6, 2020 — President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), a $8.3 billion supplemental spending package. The bill designates $1.05 billion for grants to state and local governments and allows funds to be used to reimburse state and local costs already incurred.
  • March 5, 2020—CMS announced the development of a new code that can be used by health care providers and laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases. The announcement was accompanied by new fact sheets that explain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Individual and Small Group Market coverage for services.
  • March 4, 2020—CMS announces actions to address the coronavirus, including an enhanced focus on infection control procedures and guidance for nursing homes
  • March 4, 2020—CDC updated its guidance for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation to include a wider group of individuals in an effort to make testing more widely available.
  • March 4, 2020—House of Representatives approves a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package for the coronavirus, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
  • March 4, 2020—CDC announces initial funding to jurisdictions to support COVID-19 response efforts.
  • March 2, 2020—CDC and FDA announced they are taking emergency action to allow more types of respirators to be used in health care settings amid several outbreaks of coronavirus in multiple states.
  • February 29, 2020—FDA issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.
  • February 29, 2020 – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.
  • February 28, 2020—CDC updated its guidance on testing and evaluation of suspected cases, expanding the criteria for who should be tested.
  • February 27, 2020—Vice President Pence announces Ambassador Debbie Birx to serve as the White House coronavirus response coordinator.
  • February 24, 2020—The White House sent Congress a request of $2.5 billion in total resources for coronavirus response efforts, including $1.25 billion in new emergency supplemental funding.
  • February 4, 2020—FDA issued an emergency use authorization to enable use of CDC’s diagnostic test, permitting its use by certified state and local public health laboratories across the United States and abroad.
  • February 2, 2020—State Department issued a travel advisory for China
  • February 2, 2020—Department of Homeland Security directed all flights from China and all passengers who have traveled to China within the last 14 days to be routed through one of eight U.S. airports, with three airports added on February 3.
  • January 31, 2020—HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for the United States.
  • January 31, 2020—President Donald Trump issued a proclamation limiting entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days.
  • January 29, 2020—President Donald Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force led by HHS Secretary Azar.


State/Territory Needs & Resource Matching

  • BIO’s Coronavirus Hub and Healthcare Ready: Connections for supplies and resources will be facilitated by BIO in partnership with Healthcare Ready. For suppliers, please review the Hub’s FAQs and email hub@bio.org. States in need, please contact Sarah Baker at sbaker@healthcareready.org.
  • NASPO ValuePoint is actively gathering updates, including ordering information, from their Contractors with a focus on those items currently in high demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, etc.) as well as for those ValuePoint Contracts that entities can utilize to help facilitate the work from home option. This information is included by category and will be reviewed and updated by the NASPO ValuePoint Team on a daily basis. Please contact Sarah Hilderbrand at shilderbrand@naspovaluepoint.org with any questions.
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