A Washington Post survey of governors’ offices and state health departments found at least a dozen states where testing capacity outstrips the supply of patients. Many have scrambled to make testing more convenient, especially for vulnerable communities, but the numbers, while rising, are well short of capacity — and far short of targets set by independent experts.
Worries about the breach of individual privacy rights could undermine Louisiana’s ability to quickly pinpoint those who have encountered someone infected with COVID-19, a tracking plan that public health experts say is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The Texas Supreme Court granted Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton’s motion to temporarily deny mail-in ballots to people who fear catching the virus. The ruling overturned an appeals court order granting election officials the power to give mail-in ballots to people afraid of the coronavirus.
Anyone who would return to work during Phase 1 of New York state’s reopening process is now eligible for a COVID-19 test, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Employees who work in construction, manufacturing, agriculture and retail are the latest additions to a growing list of people who can be tested at one of New York's more than 700 testing sites.
Special agents with the Hawaii Attorney General’s office helped track down a tourist and charge him with violating the state’s mandatory quarantine after citizens reported he posted images of himself at various locations across Oahu. His arrest came the same day a Colorado woman was arrested in Maui on charges of violating emergency orders related to the coronavirus.
Leaders of cities and counties who raced to implement restrictions in the wake of a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers are now tossing those orders, many citing uncertainty over whether they are legal.
On the eve of Florida’s first phase of a statewide reopening, the state reported an above-average daily case increase. It comes at a time when health officials have assured Floridians that the state’s curve generally is beginning to flatten.
Experts say more widespread testing of Mainers without symptoms is essential to beating the pandemic and restoring the economy.
As they risk their own well-being to care for infected patients or rush to keep store shelves stocked, workers across Massachusetts have filed hundreds of complaints with the federal government in recent weeks, alleging their employers failed to keep them protected from the coronavirus.
Opposition to Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will culminate this week when Republicans attempt to pass a bill limiting her authority during the pandemic. GOP leaders indicate it will focus on whether her orders can be enforced with criminal penalties and if the legislature has the power to review her decisions when not in session.
Arizona's second-biggest county has adopted several public health rules for restaurants, such as requiring restaurants operate at no more than 50% indoor capacity. But those rules go beyond the state’s guidelines for restaurants, and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders have expressly prohibited local governments from adopting stricter policies than the Arizona government.
In recent days, some who once praised Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s leadership have criticized Maryland’s response to the pandemic. Problems have mounted on several fronts ― most notably, a balky unemployment website that’s frustrating thousands of workers who lost their jobs amid Hogan’s shutdown orders.
State officials will allow 12 more counties across Pennsylvania to ease coronavirus restrictions, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf urged areas still under strict lockdown orders to stay the course.
As some parts of California move ahead with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s timeline for reopening the economy, restaurants embraced new precautions that come with dine-in business. The state released a list of 99 requirements and suggestions for restaurants in those select counties.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis told “Fox News Sunday” he expects to see many K-12 public schools open this fall in Colorado and elsewhere despite the coronavirus threat, though “it’s not going to look like any other school year.”
Warm weather drew crowds to the Virginia Beach oceanfront even though the beach is considered closed. Under Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s first phase of a gradual reopening plan, retail stores are reopening with limited capacity, but indoor gyms, beaches and indoor dining are off-limits.
New Life Baptist Church held its first indoor worship service in weeks, the day after a federal judge blocked North Carolina restrictions on religious services in the pandemic. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said it would not appeal the ruling.
With her children needing help and the coronavirus spreading, Jennifer Andrews decided to stay home from work in South Carolina. Her employer fired her. She filed one of the first lawsuits to question whether companies are following new federal rules; a flurry of similar suits is expected.
An internal employee survey obtained by The Courant shows broad dissatisfaction and frustration inside Connecticut’s Department of Public Health. The survey, conducted in January and February, said the department was beset with inadequate staffing, disorganization, poor leadership and a lack of communication.
In the war on COVID-19, Utah has doled out more than $84 million in no-bid contracts and supply orders outside the normal purchasing process. Some lawmakers and whistleblowers are demanding more information about how the state awarded lucrative contracts during the emergency.
After a bill to grant businessowners immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits faltered during the first day of the Wyoming legislature’s special session, a renewed effort to provide those protections was successful in the second and final day of the session.
Oregon hospitals will be provided with an experimental drug that has shown some promise treating extreme cases of COVID-19, state health officials said. The first shipments of remdesivir from the state will provide enough doses to treat all hospitalized patients who met the medical criteria for using the drug.
The required two-week quarantine for people arriving in Alaska will remain in place for 14 more days, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced. The mandate has been credited with helping to keep Alaska’s COVID-19 case count the lowest of any state’s, though it has posed a challenge to tourism businesses.
For many of the North Texas counties permitted to reopen faster, fewer cases have been coupled with far less testing. Many have conducted far fewer tests per capita than some of the region’s more populous counties.
A last-minute flood of absentee ballots in New Mexico and problems recruiting enough people to staff polling sites could lead to delays in June primary election results. Delivery delays also have caused setbacks.
Vermont now has the lowest coronavirus growth rate in the country, a success that Republican Gov. Phil Scott attributes to Vermonters faithfully following health guidelines even as they sacrificed their jobs and businesses.
Dozens more workers in Georgia’s $41 billion poultry industry have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and a second worker has died from the disease since last month. State officials are rushing new resources to the area to try to prevent a larger outbreak.
Over the objections of the state’s top election chief, Missouri lawmakers moved to expand mail-in voting options during the global pandemic.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to grow, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced he was further loosening restrictions from his safer-at-home order.
State budget officials presented Montana legislators with a mixed prediction of the state’s budget over the next two years, with some lawmakers saying the effects of the pandemic were being underestimated.
Nebraska's tax receipts for April showed an expected dip as a result of the pandemic and the delay in income tax filings from April 15 to July 15.
Protests broke out in the state capitals of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire over the weekend, as crowds rallied against shutdowns aimed at curbing the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Idaho is holding an entirely mail-in primary for the first time as the state works to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Idaho secretary of state’s office said 320,000 ballots have been requested and mailed out, with about 100,000 returned in what could be a record turnout.
Counties throughout Indiana have been struggling to find poll workers amid the pandemic, meaning fewer polling places, longer lines and greater risk of transmission of COVID-19. So far, an unprecedented 312,000 residents plan to vote absentee during the June 2 primary election.
Conservative lawmakers in Alabama last year tried to enact the nation’s most stringent abortion ban, but the attempt may have had one ironic twist. An Alabama-based group used a flood of donations from across the country to purchase the state’s busiest abortion clinic to ensure it stays open.
Hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans headed into the outdoors as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, causing state park visitor numbers to bounce back after last year's rough weather.