Nearly 1 in 2 Black workers in Minnesota have applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March. For white workers, it is about 1 in 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
With new cases on the rise, Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned the auto industry that she could shut down factories if residents ignore mask requirements. The auto industry pushed back, saying no major outbreaks are tied to auto plants and workers need their jobs there.
As one of 18 states in the “red zone” for COVID-19, Mississippi needs to broaden mask mandates now in force in all counties, close bars and gyms in high-risk counties, and increase testing and contact tracing, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force document.
A slowdown caused by COVID-19 cost Ohio hospitals billions of dollars since early March. Columbus hospitals lost more than a combined $810 million so far.
Black Mainers — many of them immigrants — have been infected at disproportionate rates, accounting for approximately 23% of the cases in a state where they are less than 2% of the population.
The 129-page bill, released late Sunday night by the House’s budget committee, lays out sweeping changes to how police would be trained and held accountable in Massachusetts, and follows a wide-ranging bill passed last week by the state Senate.
Enhanced federal unemployment payments are set to phase out at the end of this month and many economic analysts are braced for a deluge of bankruptcy filings in Tennessee because of ongoing business shutdowns.
More than 700 Georgia voters incorrectly received nonpartisan absentee ballots instead of Democratic or Republican ballots for the state’s upcoming primary runoff election, the secretary of state’s office said.
Lebanon County's four state elected officials strongly condemned Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, in a letter over the withholding of millions in CARES Act funding from the county, calling the move "petty tyranny."
Active-duty U.S. Air Force doctors, nurses and other medical providers are being sent to work in California hospitals to assist with a steep rise in coronavirus cases that has strained some health care systems across the state.
Most Oregon educators furloughed last spring have begun receiving their jobless benefits after many weeks of delay. Several districts furloughed teachers and other staff one day a week last spring to save money in anticipation of fall budget cuts triggered by the nascent coronavirus recession.
Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he will soon issue an executive order that will make it easier for frontline workers who contract COVID-19 to qualify for workers’ compensation payments. Essential workers will receive the benefit of the doubt that they contracted the virus while working.
Virginia’s eastern region, outlined by the state’s beaches, has seen an explosive spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks as trends for the rest of the state have seen slight upticks.
Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is asking the federal government to help North Carolina deal with a projected $5 billion decline in local and state revenue because of the coronavirus and resulting economic shutdown.
As South Carolina surpassed 60,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 deaths last week, Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, continued his push to reopen the state against growing alarm from health experts, educators, parents and local leaders alike. McMaster said he won’t be closing businesses back down or requiring South Carolinians to wear masks.
Among all age cohorts, people in their 20s have emerged as the single largest group testing positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota. They accounted for about 20% of new cases in May, but nearly one-third of new cases — more than 3,400 — from early June to early July.
The Minnesota Hospital Association is asking Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, to mandate the wearing of face masks in public statewide to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ standing slides under the immense scrutiny of his coronavirus response, potential challengers are stepping out to criticize the Republican leader. DeSantis entered this year as one of the country’s most popular governors.
Medical professionals from the U.S. Navy were deployed to aid hospitals in four cities across southern Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Nearly half the state's counties are designated as "red zones" by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
In the midst of all the other tumult the pandemic has brought to New Mexico, the coronavirus is sparking a quarrel over control between legislators and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The most tangible division may center on how the governor has spent money to fight the virus.
Indiana's unemployment rate continued to improve in June, dropping to 11.2% from 12.3% in May, the latest employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The state’s June unemployment rate a year ago was 3.3%.
Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder sought to stall an ongoing effort by his fellow Republicans to revoke Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus pandemic state of emergency, saying an override would have “potentially dire consequences.”
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis defended his statewide mask mandate and discussed Colorado’s uptick in coronavirus cases in two network TV appearances Sunday, calling the national testing system a “complete disgrace.”
The message that “my mask protects you, your mask protects me,” isn’t always well-suited to the mind-your-own-business mentality of Arizona, a state that produced Barry Goldwater’s small-government conservatism and John McCain’s self-styled “maverick” persona.
The law offices of Republican state Sen. Kirk Cullimore have received roughly $235,980 since 2018 from the special Utah state fund that provides grants to landlords who rent to very low-income tenants — with payments from the fund stepping up dramatically since the pandemic.
While Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, has instituted a temporary ban on most evictions in Minnesota, current law provides no way to appeal terminations of medical services at assisted living facilities, which can force people from their homes.
Alabama is making a late-summer push to tamp down its surging COVID-19 cases before schools reopen.
Vermont officials are continuing to prepare for children to return to the classroom next month, with Republican Gov. Phil Scott saying at a news conference that it is “vitally important” to reopen schools.
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit challenging several coronavirus rules set by local health officials across Wisconsin, saying those challenging the health orders had been too scattershot with their lawsuit.
Low-income adults who have been previously shut out of Nebraska Medicaid can start applying for coverage on Aug. 1. They will be able to start getting care two months later, on Oct. 1.
The Montana public health laboratory is following a new testing priority while it looks to find a replacement for its out-of-state contract laboratory, Quest Diagnostics, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's office said.
The South Dakota attorney general filed explanations for a pair of 2022 ballot measures that would expand federal Medicaid eligibility in the state.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he will not ask Nevada lawmakers to immediately launch into a second special session after Democrats and Republicans spent the last 12 days butting heads, which created significant delays as they tried to address a looming $1.2 billion shortfall. Sisolak cited the recent uptick in coronavirus cases in making his decision.
Alaska reported a record 121 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, including 36 nonresident seafood workers in the Aleutians West Census Area, according to state data. Another cluster based at a seafood processor in Juneau of 26 cases was reported Saturday, according to the city of Juneau, though only two cases were reported in Juneau in the state’s numbers.
The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Alaska is soaring because of community spread, not continued high levels of testing, officials say.
A listening session for residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming, especially people of color, to voice concerns about the city police department had people wait in one room and step back into another room privately with councilmembers to voice their concerns. Some people expressed their frustration because they were expecting an open forum.
For this summer at least, the Delaware State Grange won’t serve up its signature chicken platters, complete with a wingless breast or leg quarter, potato salad, two to three tomato slices, a couple pickles and an ear of corn at the Delaware State Fair.