There was a time in the United States when 40,000 coronavirus cases in a day seemed like an alarming milestone. That was less than three weeks ago. Now the number of new infections reported each day is reaching dizzying new heights.
GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain the disease.
Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking a judge to block Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear from enforcing any coronavirus orders in the state, a move that comes as new infections have been rising.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on Florida’s fight over felon voting, choosing not to overturn a lower court’s decision to keep hundreds of thousands of felons from joining the voter rolls ahead of this year’s elections.
The Five Tribes and Oklahoma leaders have reached an agreement aimed at clarifying jurisdiction on criminal and civil matters in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that upended a legal system in operation for more than a century.
Louisiana will offer $24 million in emergency rent assistance to low-income residents faced with the threat of eviction because their paychecks have taken a hit from the coronavirus outbreak, a program announced by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
A group of Tennessee doctors is warning that reopening schools while the coronavirus is spreading rapidly through the state is “insane.” The group continues to urge Republican Gov. Bill Lee to issue a statewide mask mandate and to let science guide policy with regard to the virus.
The constitutional amendment process is a lengthy one with no guaranteed outcome, but it has a major benefit for Pennsylvania lawmakers — it doesn’t require Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval.
Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order requiring everyone 11 and older to wear a mask or other facial covering while in public indoor spaces, including all retail stores. The order follows four straight weeks of rising COVID-19 cases in Colorado, including a 40% increase last week.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has made extensive use of peacetime emergency powers under Minnesota law to rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic, issuing 79 emergency orders since March. His actions, including school, church and business closings, have spurred eight cases in state and federal courts.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, announced an executive order requiring masks statewide. Arkansans must wear a mask when they cannot social distance up to six feet. It involves both indoor and outdoor settings. The mandate requires anyone older than 10 to wear a mask.
New York’s restaurants and bars, struggling to stay afloat with skeleton staffs and reduced to takeout, delivery and outdoor dining, suffered another blow when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned the sale of alcohol to customers who do not also buy food.
The Oregon Health Authority reported a record-high 437 new coronavirus cases and two deaths. It’s the third consecutive week that state officials reported a record-breaking daily total.
As Hawaii residents scramble to ride out the financial storm of COVID-19, a staggering number of people now find themselves facing food insecurity; Hawaii spends up to $3 billion a year importing about 90% of its food, and half of all households say they are either not confident at all or only somewhat confident in their ability to afford food through early August.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, has left decision-making on mask mandates to local entities, deferring to the state’s seven health districts or individual cities. Commissioners on the district's health boards have expressed confusion or skepticism about best scientific practices related to the coronavirus, while some have gone as far as suggesting the pandemic is a hoax.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced a limit of 10 people at social gatherings in Washington counties that are further along in the reopening process as the state sees a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped last month as more businesses and restaurants began to reopen following the end of the stay-at-home order.
Wisconsin GOP leaders quickly rebuked the package of eight bills, which comes amid mounting criticism from state Republicans directed at the Department of Workforce Development and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over the state's ongoing struggles to manage the onslaught of unemployment claims caused by the pandemic.
PA Post contacted nearly a third of Pennsylvania’s county jails and found that while the majority of smaller county jails have eased lockdown rules, hundreds of inmates and detainees at other jails continue to be kept in their cells.
California’s new coronavirus closures have shut hair salons again and a group of owners is asking the governor to let them work outside. A state regulation prohibits outdoor operations for salons, but it could be waived by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the salon owners said.
A Virginia hearing that could have decided the fate of Richmond's Robert E. Lee monument was canceled after six Richmond residents dropped their lawsuit challenging the statue's planned removal. Another lawsuit contesting Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to take the statue down is still pending.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to adopt a policy for renaming campus buildings and public spaces. That set in motion the process of considering the renaming of the Daniels Building, Carr Building, Ruffin Residence Hall and Aycock Residence Hall, whose namesakes are tied to white supremacy and racism.
School districts across South Carolina are scrambling to adjust their reopening plans for the fast-approaching fall semester after new guidance from Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican. McMaster announced that all public schools are urged to restart in-person classes after Labor Day. Earlier, the schools were considering hybrid plans.
District of Columbia officials announced that they will wait until July 31 to announce whether schools will be allowed to reopen in the fall, or if they will need to go all-virtual.
Plunging tax collections caused by the pandemic have delivered a $850 million hit to Indiana’s state budget reserves, and a top state official said he anticipates possibly steep spending cuts in the coming years.
Coronavirus testing delays are putting staff and residents of already-battered nursing homes at risk, the head of a Rhode Island industry association said. About three-quarters of the nearly 1,000 deaths in the state from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents.
The recent surge of COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed public health investigators in Nevada’s Clark County, home to Las Vegas, who are now forced to prioritize who among those testing positive will be notified by a phone call and interviewed about their contacts.
After weeks of case spikes, it's possible daily case counts in Arizona may be flattening, but it will take time to see if this trend continues given test results reporting lags.
Utah Transit Authority officials said that after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, revenue from fares will be significantly smaller — down maybe 15% — and it may take the agency several years to work back even to that lower plateau. Ridership currently is about 70% below normal.
A Republican Mississippi lawmaker is suffering from COVID-19 in the intensive care unit but seems to be improving. The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported at least 30 legislators and 11 others recently working at the state Capitol in Jackson have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the legislators were hospitalized.
The state health department reported 1,230 new cases of COVID-19, the most reported in a single day for Mississippi.
As COVID-19 cases surge across Florida, many businesses are starting to give up hope they can rebound with their pre-pandemic work forces, permanently laying off more workers. Faced with thin cash reserves and the prospect of more government lockdowns, many are positioning themselves to be leaner.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began the state party convention by addressing head-on the growing discontent with his orders to contain the pandemic. The coronavirus has surged in recent weeks across the state, and Abbott sought to impress upon the delegates how dire the situation has become.
Months after a Black teen died as a result of staff at a Michigan youth center pinning him to the floor for throwing a sandwich, state health officials have banned the use of similar dangerous restraints. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced stricter rules for how staff at youth institutions can physically restrain children.
Arizona coronavirus patients are being transferred to New Mexico hospitals due to shortages of staffing and bed space at the same time that some New Mexico hospitals’ intensive care units are at or nearing capacity.
A majority of Wyomingites surveyed earlier this week by University of Wyoming researchers say they would support a mask ordinance for indoor settings, while overall anxiety about the coronavirus has climbed over the past month.
From opening windows to limiting visitors to turning all desks in the same direction, the New York State Education Department released guidance on precautions schools should take when planning how to reopen this fall.