COVID-19: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Current Information On Actions States/Territories Have Taken To Address The COVID-19 Pandemic; As Well As Advocacy, Policy, And Guidance Documents For Protecting Public Health And The Economy.

Last Updated: September 13, 2021

To find a COVID-19 vaccine visit the resource page for your state or territory, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.


As practical problem solvers, Governors are effectively delivering state services to protect public health and to stimulate economic recovery and growth. The National Governors Association has provided platforms for Governors to communicate with each other and to easily follow what’s happening in other states across the country on a daily basis. We connect Governors and their key staff members with policy experts and thought leaders to help forge practical solutions to the challenges they face. Through our programs, we develop and share guidance so that Governors might find what works best to address the unique situations that arise in their states.

By accessing the best information, communicating with federal and local levels of government, and learning from each another, Governors are successfully meeting today’s pressing challenges.

Coronavirus in the U.S.

209,437,152 People Receiving 1 or More Vaccine Doses


40,870,648 TOTAL CASES,
656,318 TOTAL DEATHS

Source: CDC

Johns Hopkins’ Worldwide Tracker


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. These calls are only open to state personnel. For information on the next upcoming call, contact Brittney Roy or Carl Amritt.

Needs and Resource Matching

Needs and Resource Matching

Many local, state and federal offices are working to fill supply gaps in health care resources, personal protective equipment, and other needs. Manufacturers across the United States are racing to fill those gaps and, in some cases, are re-engineering their processes to make items in short supply. The National Governors Association and the nation’s governors are working together to provide an online hub for businesses and other organizations with supplies or services to connect with states officials regarding critical needs.

NGA COVID-19 Library

Putting Policy Into Practice: State Actions For The Postsecondary Success Of Student Parents

Putting Policy Into Practice: State Actions For The Postsecondary Success Of Student Parents

Long before COVID-19, student parents needed a unique set of support systems to aid their efforts in pursuing postsecondary education—issues like food insecurity, housing instability, a lack of childcare, and ...
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Partnering With Tribal Nations For Covid-19 Vaccinations: A Case Study Of Alaska

Partnering With Tribal Nations For Covid-19 Vaccinations: A Case Study Of Alaska

Alaskan tribal communities and state leaders adapted existing vaccination infrastructure for co-leadership, communication, problem solving, and health care across a challenging landscape to support their COVID-19 response. (View/Download) Introduction Alaska’s ...
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Governors Hail FDA Approval of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Governors Hail FDA Approval of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Today, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Vice Chairman Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey released the following statement: “We are pleased that the U.S ...
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State Strategies to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Rural Communities

State Strategies to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Rural Communities

This papers pulls together considerations and examples of best and promising practices for Governors, including building vaccine confidence through consistent, transparent and factual communication; establishing straightforward pathways for individuals to ...
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Information Campaigns and COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging: Applying Lessons Learned from the 2020 Election

Information Campaigns and COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging: Applying Lessons Learned from the 2020 Election

This memorandum identifies and describes several strategies states deployed to counter false information campaigns during the 2020 election and examines how they may augment states’ COVID-19 vaccine messaging efforts by ...
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A Case Study of The Virginia Covid-19 Equity Leadership Task Force And Health Equity Working Group

A Case Study of The Virginia Covid-19 Equity Leadership Task Force And Health Equity Working Group

This case study is part of a series that features innovative state practices to address health equity in COVID-19 response across the country. (Download) The Commonwealth of Virginia has integrated ...
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COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives

COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives

The purpose of this memo is to provide an update on state COVID-19 vaccine incentives developed to increase vaccination rates across the country. Please note that vaccination incentives are a ...
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Memorandum on State Utility Disconnection Moratoriums and Utility Affordability

Memorandum on State Utility Disconnection Moratoriums and Utility Affordability

This memo identifies the range of solutions Governors can deploy to address utility affordability and bill arrearages as the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic impacts continue. (View/Download) Background As a ...
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State Strategies for Engaging and Leveraging Primary Care Providers as COVID-19 Vaccinators

State Strategies for Engaging and Leveraging Primary Care Providers as COVID-19 Vaccinators

This report outlines considerations and examples of strategies for leveraging PCPs to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake. (Download) As supply of the COVID-19 vaccine has eclipsed demand in many areas across ...
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State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

State Solutions for Supporting the Return to Work and Filling Open Jobs

As the economic recovery picks up, governors and state leaders are identifying and addressing barriers that keep their workforce from returning to work and filling open positions posted by employers ...
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Getting #VaxToNormal

Getting #VaxToNormal

Governors met with the White House to share best practices and innovations in improving access to COVID-19 vaccines, building confidence, and ensuring vaccine equity. by Brittney Roy On America’s road ...
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Letter to FEMA on Public Assistance Guidelines

Letter to FEMA on Public Assistance Guidelines

Governors would like to recommend the following actions to improve FEMA’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The Honorable Deanne CriswellAdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20472 Dear Administrator ...
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External Tracker Resources


Contact Us

  • Timothy Blute, Director, NGA Center For Best Practices (tblute@nga.org; 202-624-7854)
  • Maribel Ramos, Government Relations (mramos@nga.org; 202-624-5378)

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This page includes memoranda, resources, trackers, and other materials developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) to assist governors and state governments with COVID-19 response efforts. These materials are intended to provide information that is currently in the public domain and is not intended to be used as a source for legal or professional advice. NGA and its governing bodies, officers, and employees assume no responsibility for information contained on this webpage and disclaim all civil or criminal liability in respect of such information. NGA makes no endorsements or recommendations of information provided, and visitors to this website should always seek the advice of an appropriately qualified professional pertaining to specific material references. Information contained in such materials is not exhaustive and may be changed or updated at any time. Specific disclaimers may apply in addition to certain content or parts of this webpage.