The Walt Disney Company has taken another hit by the pandemic as about 28,000 employees at its Florida and California theme parks will be laid off. Many theme park employees were furloughed in April but until now they had been getting benefits.
Wisconsin is considering setting up temporary hospitals as one-day deaths reached a four-month high and cases and hospitalizations are higher than ever. Hospitals are reaching capacity, especially in northeastern Wisconsin.
Millionaires, certain businesses and HMOs will face increased taxes, and New Jersey taxpayers will have to pay back billions of dollars in borrowing, with interest, that the state intends to use to plug revenue holes caused by the coronavirus, under the $32.7 billion state budget Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law.
Kansas has 65 counties with so many new cases of COVID-19 that their incidence rates have moved into the red zone of the school reopening guide. The red zone is the most serious of the pandemic, suggesting that schools should close to all in-person classes and stop sports practices and games.
The entire student body of Mississippi's Long Beach Middle School will be sent home to quarantine for two weeks after more than a third of students either tested positive for COVID-19 or were potentially exposed to the virus. Students will return to school on Oct. 14.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa will no longer recommend those who have been exposed to a person who tested positive with coronavirus to self-quarantine for 14 days if both people were wearing a facial covering.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed two laws aimed at helping California’s “unsung essential workers” during the COVID-19 crisis, one of which aims to ensure farmworkers have access to reliable information about how to stay healthy.
Pennsylvania’s counties pressed lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to allow them to process mail-in ballots before Election Day in the battleground state as they consider the prospect of waiting until polls open to dig into what could be 3 million or more envelopes.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic surge in absentee ballot requests in Maine and across the country, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has extended the early processing time for absentee ballots to up to seven days. The votes won’t be tallied until election day.
South Carolina election officials hope to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a federal judge was right to toss a requirement for voters to have a witness sign their absentee ballot envelopes. In the meantime, state elections officials are urging voters to get a witness to sign anyway.
Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich has asked an appeals court to hold off on enforcing a ruling that gives Arizona voters who forget to sign their early ballots up to five days after the election to fix the problem.
Connecticut health officials and medical experts have attributed the increase to various factors, including colleges and K-12 schools reopening and fatigue with social distancing measures.
Hospital admissions for COVID-19 have risen to a level not seen in Minnesota since the start of June. The increase followed rising infections with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in young adults and teenagers, who then spread the virus to others at greater risk of severe illness, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.
Missouri inched closer this week to its first commercial marijuana sales when a laboratory got a green light to start testing samples of pot expected to hit shelves by late October.
Inpatient bed capacity is already strained in Alaska, as more people opt for surgeries or elective procedures later in the year when they’ve met their deductibles. COVID-19 hospitalizations haven’t spiked significantly, but with flu season approaching, experts urged Alaskans to get flu shots to help prevent further strain on the system.
About 300,000 New York City children returned to classrooms for the first time since March. But Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s daily rate of positive coronavirus tests had risen to more than 3% for the first time in months, and he promised another shutdown if the average rate stays above 3% for seven days.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis pleaded with Colorado parents to enroll their children in school, saying that districts have seen declines in the number of kids signed up for classes during the coronavirus crisis, especially among younger grades.
Much like other states, many of the infections in Wyoming are being traced to bars, restaurants and parties, along with other late-summer gatherings such as weddings.
Some smaller school districts are reconsidering their online-learning programs after Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath reiterated that they are not required.
New Mexico has increased annual child support collections by $18 million as it intercepts federal economic impact payments to parents owing money. Child support collections increased to $156 million through June compared with last year.
A legislative panel advanced a bill that would give Louisiana lawmakers oversight — but not an up-or-down vote — over the Democratic governor’s emergency declarations, a response to complaints by Republican lawmakers that they have been sidelined by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration in coronavirus restrictions.
Maryland’s state government budget has avoided catastrophic shortfalls so far during the pandemic-induced recession, largely due to federal coronavirus aid programs. But things could get much worse if there’s a second wave of the virus that requires a return to shutdowns or if Congress fails to approve another aid package, state forecasters warned.
Utah lawmakers are the target of an onslaught of emails, phone calls and social media messages urging them to meet in a special session to end the state’s COVID-19 related state of emergency. The push for the legislature to step in comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking in the state.
After two months, a Nevada strike force charged with addressing delays in an unemployment system strained by more than 1.1 million claims this year has resolved about a quarter of the backlog it inherited and hopes to finish the job with the help of 200 newly retrained welfare workers.
Vermont is awash in money right now as policymakers decide how to spend the state’s $1.25 billion share of CARES Act money. Vermont is second only to Wyoming in the size of its per capita payout.
Mental health practitioners and suicide experts say they’re on watch and responding to help treat the alarmingly high levels of depression and anxiety Marylanders have reported since the COVID-19 outbreak started seven months ago. Calls to Baltimore’s crisis hotline have doubled during the pandemic.
South Dakota traffic laws place more responsibility on pedestrians to be on the lookout for errant drivers than they do for drivers to watch out for walkers, joggers and cyclists when it comes to assigning liability in vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.
Denver, Colorado, announced that relaxed restrictions for expanded restaurant and bar patios will stay in place through October 2021. They were originally slated to expire at the end of October.