Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo postponed until May 15 the phased return to business in New York state, saying it would start with businesses deemed more essential and with low infection rates. Businesses deemed nonessential with high infection rates would not be reopened.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he has been in close talks with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, both Republicans, about coordinating their efforts to “eventually ease restrictions and open up the economy.” New members of the partnership include governors from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, Beshear said in a statement.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey could borrow as much as $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to plug craters in state revenue caused by statewide business closures, stay-at-home orders and record unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation’s worst outbreak of COVID-19 in a prison is at the federal penitentiary in Lompoc, California, where 69 inmates and 25 staff members are infected and a field hospital is being constructed on the grounds, authorities said.
Tired of staying at home, a group of roughly 50 people gathered on Virginia’s Capitol Square to protest executive orders from Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, requiring that some businesses stay closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Louisiana will not be among the first states to reopen, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said, as the White House offers governors guidance on how to best start up their economies after coronavirus-induced shutdowns.
To help process online orders, workers will be back on the job at many state-owned wine and liquor stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said.
A plan by Connecticut Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's administration could require an unprecedented investment in an array of testing for the virus and measures to track and perhaps even confine those determined to have it. It also is likely to provoke discussion about privacy rights.
Delaware inmates will not be permitted to wear protective masks and top state officials say an emergency release of prisoners will not be necessary as the correction system fights a COVID-19 outbreak at its largest prison.
Leaders of two of North Carolina’s largest hospitals say they don’t think the coronavirus outbreak has crested in the region but they’re confident they have the beds, equipment and staffing to handle the peak when it arrives.
PA: Employees at Pennsylvania’s ‘life-sustaining’ businesses question if their work is worth the risk
With few legal protections, Pennsylvania workers said they fear questioning their employers or demanding more pay at the risk of losing their jobs during the pandemic.
Aiming to get the South Carolina economy moving again after it has stalled under the weight of a global pandemic, Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, announced plans to create a new task force that will include key state stakeholders from hospitality to manufacturing in hopes to get the state’s economy “humming” by the end of June.
Another 61,770 Marylanders filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the state’s total in the past month to nearly 297,000. But last week’s figure was the first drop in jobless claims since COVID-19 reached the state.
Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that he is working with surrounding states and looking to reopen the state's economy in May. He is joining with governors from Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky in the effort.
A total of 72 correctional officers and 31 inmates in Maryland have been reported as having the virus. The other confirmed cases include contract workers and staff not working directly inside correctional facilities.
Rhode Island’s state treasurer has opened up a second $150 million line of credit to borrow more money, if necessary, to pay the bills to keep state government operating over the next few months, as the pandemic continues to ravage revenues.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said Florida has sent unemployment payments to only 33,623 people who applied for benefits after the COVID-19 outbreak crushed the economy. There are more than 850,000 laid-off workers waiting for help.
About 8% of Texas workers are undocumented, and because they're not eligible for stimulus payments, many are facing tough choices during the pandemic. They won’t get any financial relief from the aid package passed to help the working class endure the massive economic hit.
The New Mexico Supreme Court has directed Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, to respond to prisoner advocates seeking the release of about 30 percent of state prisoners to guard against a potentially deadly outbreak of COVID-19. A May hearing was scheduled.
Residents of Nashville and 12 surrounding counties appear to have effectively starved the coronavirus to the point of shrinking the outbreak, but the virus continues to spread through most of Tennessee, according to new research from Vanderbilt University.
With nearly half of coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts occurring at long-term-care facilities, state officials are now offering to provide testing for residents and staff at any nursing home, assisted living facility or rest home, seeking to curb a contagion that preys upon the frail and elderly.
As daily virus case increases have settled into a fairly narrow and consistent range, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said that “We must get people back to work.” Yet he cautioned that the reopening will be cautious and still change everyday life.
A data snapshot from the Colorado Hospital Association showed at least 19 of the state’s hospitals expect to be short of protective equipment, staff or intensive care beds in the next week, but they said that’s an improvement over recent weeks.
Utah lawmakers convened a historic, all-virtual special session on the COVID-19 outbreak with an eye toward the date the state can start emerging from quarantine — and they’re pitching May 1 as a target. One of the bills lawmakers considered would create a commission assigned to craft such a framework.
The demands included additional in-person voting sites, sending mail ballots to “inactive” voters, and suspension of several election law provisions, including throwing ballots out for not matching signatures.
The Oklahoma Hospital Association came out against GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt’s goal of resuming elective surgeries next week, saying the focus should remain on preserving resources to fight the pandemic.
Washington reported receiving 143,241 initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending April 11. That brings the total number of initial and recurring unemployment claims to 585,983, which is nearly twice the peak recorded during the Great Recession and suggests the state’s unemployment rate might be as high as 15%.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, says the state will waive the one-week waiting period before newly laid off workers are eligible for jobless benefits, reversing the state’s policy on the issue. The switch could provide more than $100 million in additional benefits.
Three activist groups are planning on a staging a protest Friday afternoon at the Idaho Capitol, dubbed Disobey Idaho. The event is being held to protest Republican Gov. Brad Little’s extension of the statewide stay-home order.
Hawaii has halted all face-to-face visits between parents and their children in foster care. Parents are left to fret about their children’s well-being during the pandemic and setbacks in their efforts to become a family again.
The Alabama Department of Corrections plans to begin accepting inmates from county jails again on a limited basis starting next week. The ADOC placed a moratorium on receiving state-sentenced inmates.
Law enforcement officials have only sparingly issued citations to Georgians violating the order, instead opting to take a softer approach to the restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has created a private-sector task force to help Mississippi economically recover from the coronavirus pandemic. About half of the task force members played a role in his campaign or have other ties to the governor.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, and six other governors across the Midwest announced they will coordinate their work to reopen their states’ economies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
An effort is underway to reopen Alabama’s beaches abutting private properties. A recommendation from a task force assembly by Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth could be presented to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.
Minnesota restaurants will be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders during coronavirus closures, under an agreement reached by state legislators.
Wisconsin schools will be closed for the rest of the school year and many businesses will stay shuttered until the end of May under action Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took to extend restrictions to contain the coronavirus in the state.
PA: All Pennsylvania businesses must require employees and customers to wear masks amid coronavirus pandemic
Pennsylvania officials implemented new rules aimed at keeping the coronavirus from spreading in businesses open to in-person customers, including requiring they mandate employees and customers wear masks, and take all employees’ temperature if a worker has tested positive for COVID-19.
The number of processed unemployment claims dropped this week but remains more than 10 times higher than the same period last year, according to data released by the Vermont Department of Labor.
GOP Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state health officials announced a new health mandate allowing more health care services. Health care providers must keep social distancing where possible and minimize the use of personal protective equipment.
A coalition of community organizations in Laramie County, Wyoming, has asked state officials to issue a moratorium on all eviction and foreclosure proceedings amid the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is taking a financial bite out of Montana’s hospitals, one that may have reached $100 million in just the first three weeks of the pandemic.
In preparation for mapping a plan for economic recovery from the crushing impact of the coronavirus, Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts launched a business recovery survey that will gather information and suggestions online.