How Every State Is Responding To The Coronavirus Outbreak

All 50 states have been responding to the coronavirus emergency in different ways, but certain measures are increasingly common -- school closures, declarations of a state of emergency, restaurant closures, and "stay at home" orders mandating citizens not leave their homes except for essential activities.

Here's a general overview of the current situation, state-by-state, with links to more specific and detailed info. Be cautioned, the situation is very fluid and state responses are apt to change on short notice.

  • Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed a state public health emergency on March 13, 2020. Among other things, the decree empowers the State Health Officer to order individuals suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 to self-monitor, self-isolate, or be quarantined. It also authorizes hospitals to invoke "alternative standards of care" so as not to deplete their resources.

    The decree also highlights the statutes against price gouging, and allows for the possibility of (but does not mandate) closures of schools and government offices.

    On March 28, Scott Harris, the State Health Officer, prohibited all non-work-related gatherings of 10 persons or more, and all non-work-related gatherings of any size where individuals cannot maintain at least a 6-foot distance. The order also closed non-essential businesses such as nightclubs, gyms, barber shops, and stores selling items other than food and medicine.

    • Effective March 28, 2020, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services ordered all non-essential travel between communities in the state suspended.

      Also as of March 28, Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a social distancing health mandate ordering citizens to "work from home as much as possible," "immediately isolate any family member who is ill," and "cease participation in public or private gatherings that include non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved."

      The same order mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state.

      As of March 20, all public and private schools in Alaska are closed at least until May 1.

      • Arizona

        On March 11, Governor Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency, as well as an executive order that, among other things, protects against price-gouging and waives co-pays and deductibles related to COVID-19 testing. Various additional actions have been taken since.

        On March 15, schools were closed statewide, originally until March 27 but since extended throughout the school year.

        On March 19th, Governor Ducey ordered all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters in counties with verified COVID-19 cases to close, excepting take-out services.

        On March 27, access to unemployment benefits was expanded.

        On March 30, Governor Ducey issued an order that Arizonans "shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property" excepting essential activities.

        • On March 26, Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order "declaring the entire state an emergency disaster area." The order prohibits all gatherings of more than 10 people, with some exceptions, including businesses and places of worship.

          On March 20, Hutchinson issued an order reducing restrictions on "telemedicine," such that "now a doctor can establish a new patient in his practice over the telephone."

          The state tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15.