The riskiness of everyday activities during the pandemic, from Low Risk: “opening the mail” to High Risk: “Going to a bar,” was rated by physicians from the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force and the Committee on Infectious Diseases. The analysis (BE INFORMED: Know Your Risk During COVID-19) assumes that safety protocols (e.g., masks, social distancing) are being followed and that people have no underlying conditions predisposing them to higher risk from COVID-19.
As some states reel from losses of revenue and high costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states are seeking additional federal aid. Congressional debate is ongoing over whether to provide such aid and what form it might take—from expanded, flexible CARES ACT funding to a new stimulus package. Stateside reports on how some states have had a windfall from the CARES Act, while others still face significant shortfalls.
Since March, the Marshall Project has been collecting data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in state and federal prisons. Prison systems in several states are seeing significant outbreaks among both inmates and staff, including CA, OH, MI, and TX. By June 23, at least 48,764 prison inmates had tested positive for the illness, a 5% increase from the week before. At least 584 prisoners have died of coronavirus-related causes, with the total number of deaths up 7 percent in the week prior to June 23. The Marshall Project site provides daily updates on the data for each state.
With more than 36,000 cases of COVID-19 tracked in the U.S. on June 24, the third highest daily count ever, the governors of NY, NJ and CT announced they will require self-quarantine for 14 days of visitors from seven other states, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). The U.S. now has 2,369,806 cases, including 121,846 deaths. (06/24/20)
In a new report, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that GDP will be $3.9 trillion lower over 2020–2021 than in its January projections. Decreased consumer spending and private investment account for most of the decline. The CBO anticipates that additional federal funding for state and local governments would increase output by reducing the size of tax increases and spending cuts enacted by those jurisdictions to balance their budgets.
States face pressure from some parents to reopen schools, while others argue that this would put children at risk. In the latest Journal of the American Medical Association, two Johns Hopkins professors explain why reopening schools this fall is an urgent national priority. To achieve this goal safely, they offer a framework of 6 components that policy makers should consider embracing in order to create the conditions for successful school reopening.
A report tracking each state’s re-opening status, updated daily, is online now at The New York Times. Status of stay-at-home orders are included as well as indications for major market sectors (e.g., Retail, Food and Drink, Entertainment). Categories may shift as conditions change or to account for changes in the national landscape.
This site provides state-by-state values for Rt — a measure of how fast the COVID-19 virus is spreading or slowing. It represents the effective reproduction rate of the virus; that is, how many additional people may be infected from a single infected individual in a specific area. When Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, spread of the virus is slowing. As states consider risks and benefits of moving toward re-opening, these data provide key insights.
A state-by-state review of measures and timing for re-opening up businesses and easing restrictions is being updated daily by Governing.com. An interactive map also shows the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests by state.
This searchable snapshot of the COVID-19 crisis, updated daily, provides data down to the state or county level on COVID cases, deaths, and testing reports.
NCSL is providing state-by-state updates on operations of state legislatures, including remote sessions, adjournment or suspension of legislative sessions, plus projections for COVID-19’s impact on state revenue.
The White House guidance on re-opening the states specifies criteria to determine “ready for opening” status. The Roadmap to Recovery from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) focuses on what State leaders need to consider when planning to reopen the economy.
State-by-state updates on legislative sessions, travel restrictions, “stay-at-home” orders, and official declarations are tabulated in the COVID-19 Policy Tracker from MultiState Associates.
For updates on States’ access to federal funds, see Federal Funds Information For States website and its section focused on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Note: Some pages require log-in).
This informative slide show (pdf) reviews current state-by-state statistics on COVID-19, explores issues related to testing and contact tracing, and considers potential impacts on future healthcare finance, the coming elections, and recovery scenarios.
A bipartisan group of experts have developed a roadmap for how to safely reopen the economy. The Roadmap to Panedemic Resilience says 5 million tests per day, contact tracing and supported isolation are required. The report was developed by experts in economics, public health, technology and ethics in collaboration with Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
When will your state’s COVID-19 cases peak? Demand for hospital resources and deaths due to COVID-19 are expected to peak in the U.S. this month, according to an analysis from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Click the link above and then use the drop down menu to find your state’s projected peak.
The first $30 billion of emergency funding designated for hospitals in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is being distributed. For a breakdown of the amount your state will receive for each COVID-19 case, click here.
State budget processes for fiscal year 2021 have been upended by the pandemic. NCSL indicates where states currently stand.
Legislative session dates and deadlines are available on a downloadable chart provided by MultiState.
The Council of State Governments is regularly refreshing a series of annotated maps displaying State Resources and Restrictions. Current maps include School Closures, Crowd Size Limitations, State Curfews, Restaurant & Bar Closures, Government Travel, National Guard requests, Tax Filing Deadlines, and Federal Disaster Declarations.
The Tax Foundation is tracking State Legislative Responses to COVID-19. The page includes a timeline of legislative changes plus summaries of state-by-state responses and grid showing session schedules, budget status, RDF balances and tax deadlines.
NCSL is producing a podcast series focused on how states are taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The series examines public health strategies, workplace issues, education and childcare, the economy, elections, and continuity of government.