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: Jan 17, 2021, 12:16 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.

12,279,180 Vaccine Doses Administered


23,653,919 TOTAL CASES
394,495 TOTAL DEATHS

Source: CDC

Johns Hopkins’ Worldwide Tracker

Policy & Guidance

Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19

Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19

This memo describes: What current unemployment assistance flexibilities exist under the CARES Act and Continued Assistance Act; What presidential actions have been taken to provide additional unemployment compensation as CARES ...
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Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines: State and Territorial Approaches

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 ...
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State COVID-19 Vaccine 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 ...
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Allocating COVID-19 Vaccines in Initial Phases of Distribution: Federal Recommendations and Considerations for States

Allocating COVID-19 Vaccines in Initial Phases of Distribution: Federal Recommendations and Considerations for States

This memorandum summarizes federal recommendations regarding who should receive the initially limited vaccine first, how states are approaching allocation and implementation of federal recommendations in initial distribution phases, considerations for ...
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States’ Winter Holiday and Celebration Safety Guidance during COVID-19

States’ Winter Holiday and Celebration Safety Guidance during COVID-19

This list outlines states’ health and safety guidance and considerations for winter holidays (e.g., Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Year’s) and seasonal travel. This list does not address county or municipal ...
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All Policy and Guidance Documents


Equity and Policy Preparedness During Public Health Emergencies

Public health emergencies are challenging for everyone, but especially for marginalized groups. Communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, and people in correctional facilities are at higher risk for adverse outcomes. This four-part series will help you ensure equity and policy preparedness before, during, and after public health emergencies. Kicking off in September to mark National Preparedness Month, it is intended for public health professionals, state and territorial health officials, and public health lawyers.


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.

Policy and Guidance Resources by Topic


State Action Tracking

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.

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

State Actions by Topic

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State Emergency Orders

The purpose of this tracker is to share information about the current status of state COVID-19 emergency orders and information related to types of orders issued, methods of renewal, and overall duration.

Summary of State Pandemic Mitigation Actions

This tracker indicates actions that states have taken to mitigate the ongoing pandemic, including business restrictions.

State COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

This page contains COVID-19 vaccine resources that may help inform state and territorial planning efforts, as well as a list of publicly available state and territory vaccine public health pages or plans.

State Mask/Face Covering Requirements

The purpose of this tracker is to share information about the current status of orders/guidance and information related to statewide actions, effective dates, and state-specific requirements.

State Traveler Quarantine Orders/Guidance

The purpose of this tracker is to share information about the current status of orders/guidance and information related to types of restrictions, effective dates, applicability to visitors, potential penalties, and additional notes.


Resources and Actions - By State

The below links offer a chronological archive of select state/territory actions through July 31, 2020. You can view all states/territories on one page, or individual pages for each.


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.