Hawaii's testing criteria now includes people not showing symptoms who have been in close contact with people who have tested positive. The policy follows heated infighting within the administration of Gov. David Ige, as Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a fellow Democrat, has criticized the state for not testing more aggressively.
Alaska requested more than 3 million N-95 masks from the federal government, and has received 165,000. It asked for 1 million medical gowns and received 9,400, state officials said. It also has shortages of face shields, gloves and surgical masks.
Alabama agreed to remove old ventilator triage guidelines that advocates said discriminated against the elderly and disabled. The difficult decisions about who could get a ventilator has taken on new urgency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey residents will not lose insurance coverage if they are unable to pay premiums during the coronavirus crisis, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said. The grace periods under his executive order are a minimum of 60 days for health and dental insurance policies and 90 days for home and car insurance, renters insurance and life insurance.
Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have helped prevent Colorado health care facilities from being overwhelmed, said the state’s incident commander for COVID-19. The state currently has excess ventilators but officials are still trying to acquire more to make sure hospitals have enough when the surge does happen.
Florida’s last-minute scramble to beef up its broken unemployment system comes with an astonishingly high price tag: nearly $100 million so far. State records reveal that just 1 percent of 864,313 calls to the unemployment hotline were answered in one week.
In a second rebuke to Texas GOP officials who have said a ban on nearly all abortions is essential as the state battles the novel coronavirus, a federal judge ruled that some abortions may proceed. Hundreds of abortions have already been canceled.
The new executive order limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home through at least April 30. It also imposed more stringent limitations on foot traffic in stores.
The New Mexico Republican Party is continuing its push to block a request by 27 county clerks to hold the state’s primary election by mail, even after long lines at polling sites in Wisconsin this week raised alarms about the possible spread of COVID-19.
Utah lawmakers are looking at “clarifying the process” that some counties have used to issue stricter stay-at-home orders than the state during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a move seen as imposing new limits on the power of local governments.
A 71-year-old Alabama law prohibiting people from wearing masks in public will not be enforced against those who wear medical masks “covering only the nose and mouth,” Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Office said. But at least one civil rights group is concerned.
Smithfield Foods will close its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, plants for three days, the company announced. The decision to close comes less than 24 hours after South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdom confirmed that more than 80 employees had tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered a closure of golf courses, real estate open houses, religious gatherings of 10 people or more and imposed additional restrictions. Sisolak said he was expanding rules related to social distancing because some people have tried to circumvent rules he already put in place.
New York state’s updated application will have fewer questions, and claimants who leave some fields blank will no longer have to wait on hold for hours. Instead, state employees will return calls of applicants within 72 hours after their claim is submitted.
The rate of coronavirus infections and related deaths in Maryland is higher among African American residents than whites or other groups, according to the state Department of Health. In Maryland, 49.4% of those infected whose race was known were black, 36.9% were white and 13.7% were Asian or another race.
The California Fish and Game Commission abruptly canceled a teleconference amid cries of “make fishing great again!” and “fascists!” before it could consider authorizing a limited ban on sportfishing.
A Virginia judge ruled against a Southwest Virginia man’s request to allow groups of 10 or more people gather in church for Easter. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, issued orders barring gatherings of more than 10 people, including at churches.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ordered retail stores that are open to limit the number of shoppers allowed inside stores at one time. The occupancy is now limited to no more than 20 percent of stores’ fire capacity. Cooper also said stores must mark 6 feet of distance where people might gather, such as in checkout lines.
GOP Gov. Mike Parson ordered all classrooms in Missouri to remain closed through the end of the school year as the number of deaths from the coronavirus continues to climb.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, declared a day of prayer as the state continues to battle the coronavirus, but one group says that’s not her place.
Families are frustrated with Massachusetts officials as the number of COVID-19 cases in long-term-care facilities soars, saying they have allowed the sites to hide crucial information about how deeply the virus has infiltrated and how their loved ones are doing.
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he has tried to be upfront about developing details on the coronavirus in Ohio. The governor credited social distancing with a decline in projected cases over the next few weeks.
The Tennessee State Board of Education has approved a set of emergency rules for the rest of the school year, lowering graduation requirements and freezing grades for high school students as the coronavirus outbreak upends in-school learning.
Kentucky has received more than a dozen portable COVID-19 testing machines capable of producing results in a matter of minutes, significantly expanding the state’s otherwise limited testing capacity.
The coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting black Arkansans, according to statistics from the state Health Department.
Gov. John Carney, a Democrat, and the Delaware Division of Public Health will begin requiring each test kit to report the race and ethnicity of the person being tested.
A record surge in gun sales in Minnesota was fueled by the spread of the virus — and its dire economic toll. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System vetted 96,654 transactions last month, the most ever in the state for a single month. That was part of a record 3.7 million background checks processed nationwide.
The challenge of keeping Georgia voters safe and precincts open during the coronavirus pandemic led Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to postpone the primary for three weeks, pushing it back to June 9.
Louisiana officials are investigating abortion clinics during the coronavirus pandemic to determine whether they are violating the state's stay-at-home order by performing the procedure, amid a push by Republicans across the country to deem the procedure non-essential.
For Mississippians without work during the coronavirus pandemic, enhanced unemployment benefits, longer hours, more days and additional help is on the way, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said.
Wisconsin's jobless rate has skyrocketed to nearly 27% because of the outbreak, according to a new estimate from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Pennsylvania's school closure order applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units.
More than 70,000 Vermonters have filed unemployment claims since Republican Gov. Phil Scott started ordering the closure of businesses around March 15, the state Department of Labor reported.
Connecticut’s education department issued guidance to districts on how to grade students, proposing they focus on engagement rather than achievement during weeks of distance learning. The state’s top education officials believe that marking students on a pass/fail system was the best way to address grading.
Indianans looking for recreational activities and ways to stay active have been taking to the trails at city and state parks. But state officials are increasingly clamping down on such public options, closing trails and campgrounds.
Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order that allows authorities to fine out-of-state visitors who don’t self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to the state.
Plans are in place to convert North Dakota’s largest sports venue into a field hospital in case it’s needed for COVID-19 patients, Fargo officials said.
Nearly 2,000 Wyomingites have signed a petition asking state government to approve Teton County’s request for a stronger community stay-at-home order. The governor has turned down the request from Teton County, home to Jackson Hole and the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
Members of the Colorado legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, which writes and then refers the budget to the broader legislature, are planning for a shortfall of up to about $3 billion. That’s a dramatically worse situation than what was forecast in mid-March.
Nearly 171,000 Washingtonians joined the swelling ranks of the state’s unemployed last week — and state officials think the worst may be still to come. That brings the total number of state residents seeking jobless benefits since the pandemic began to nearly half a million.
In the past three weeks alone 1 in 8 Oregon workers lost their jobs, after the state fielded a record 100,000 claims last week. Altogether, the state has received nearly 270,000 claims in the past three weeks.
Idahoans filed nearly 31,000 initial claims for unemployment in the week ending April 4. That’s fewer than the record 32,941 claims from the previous week, but not by much.
A task force of University of Illinois fiscal experts estimates the state's four-year revenue hit from the COVID-induced recession could range from $10 billion to $28 billion.
Oklahoma GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt signed budget bills that will keep state government funded through April and he accused leadership in the state House of "playing Washington, D.C., politics." Left unsigned was a third bill to send money from the "rainy day" fund to the General Revenue Fund.
The economic downturn resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on South Carolina’s economy. The state will miss out on $507 million it expected to bring in the current budget year, which ends June 30. And state budget forecasters say next year’s budget, which starts July 1, could also take a hit of more than a half a billion.