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: May 9, 2021, 1:35 PM ET

Since the beginning of the pandemic, and the resulting economic slump, Governors have been directing their states’ resources where they are needed most and where they will achieve the greatest impact. 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.

152,116,936 People Receiving 1 or More Vaccine Doses


32,481,455 TOTAL CASES
578,520 TOTAL DEATHS

Source: CDC

Johns Hopkins’ Worldwide Tracker

Featured Resources

State COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Governors of states and territories, working in close collaboration with local partners, have responsibility for a wide array of activities to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are effectively and equitably distributed and administered.

Phased Allocation Of COVID-19 Vaccines: State And Territorial Approaches

This table provides information on state and territorial plans for phased allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. As initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines is limited, Governors are focused on prioritizing certain high-risk populations for vaccine allocation through a transparent and equitable process.

COVID-19 Vaccines And Emerging Viral Variants

This issue brief provides an overview of current evidence about the safety and efficacy of Johnson & Johnson’s recently authorized vaccine and additional vaccine candidates anticipated to receive near-term emergency authorization from the FDA. The brief also addresses the effectiveness of existing and upcoming vaccines against emerging COVID-19 viral variants.


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.

Advocacy

All Policy Communications


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 Policy and Guidance Documents

Information Systems and Data Flow for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration

Information Systems and Data Flow for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration

The paper discusses systems and data flow implications for vaccine allocation, distribution, administration, tracking, and reporting, including a visual depiction of the various information systems and roles of key entities ...
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State Covid-19 Testing Web Resources

State Covid-19 Testing Web Resources

This list contains links to state and territory web resource pages for COVID-19 testing. The web resource pages provide information on types of tests, who should be tested, where individuals ...
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Supporting State Behavioral Health Systems During COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Supporting State Behavioral Health Systems During COVID-19 Response and Recovery

This paper identifies for Governors the key issues that are currently challenging state behavioral health systems, along with actions that state agencies may consider to support and sustain behavioral health ...
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COVID-19 K-12 SCHOOL OPENING AND CLOSING POLICIES

COVID-19 K-12 SCHOOL OPENING AND CLOSING POLICIES

Summary of Established State Thresholds (View/Download) Introduction As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring high-quality K-12 education while also minimizing the risk that students, teachers, and staff ...
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Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for COVID-19: What Governors Need to Know

Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for COVID-19: What Governors Need to Know

Governors and other state health officials should proactively engage health system leaders, public health experts, and local and community leaders to understand their state’s health system capacity for administering antibody ...
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Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

This memo provides a high-level summary of national efforts to spur development and accelerated development processes, information on COVID-19 vaccine candidates in advanced stages of development, including where investments have ...
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Child Care for School-Aged Children

Child Care for School-Aged Children

The need for child care for both young and school age children, who are learning from home during the day while adults work, has thus expanded to more families and ...
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Policy Scan of States Driver’s License Rules Ahead of the Election

Policy Scan of States Driver’s License Rules Ahead of the Election

The following document is intended to provide references to state statutes, regulations, executive orders, policies, and other resources that are currently in the public domain. This document is not an ...
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COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Elections

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Elections

This memorandum provides an overview of practices implemented by election officials and considerations for Governors to help reduce the risks of spreading COVID19 for the upcoming election. (View/Download) Background As ...
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State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

This table provides an overview of notable state actions to address COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. (View/Download) This table provides an overview of notable state actions to address COVID-19 in ...
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Guidance on Reopening Businesses

Guidance on Reopening Businesses

As stay-at-home orders are being lifted and as pressure mounts to reopen businesses, states should consider the types of regulations they will enforce and guidance they will provide to businesses ...
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Protests, Policing, and COVID-19

Protests, Policing, and COVID-19

This memorandum provides strategies for Governors to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 during protests while protecting public safety. (View/Download) Background In recent months, mass gatherings in the form of ...
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Policy and Guidance Resources by Topic

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.