Breaking down how every state has responded to COVID-19

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Breaking down how every state has responded to COVID-19

Since May, when states began initiating their own reopening plans, the national response to COVID-19 has varied significantly across state lines. A number of states began reopening sooner than experts recommended, while others moved more slowly. When states reopened and how residents there behaved, had direct impacts on new spikes in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths. As other countries have more or less returned to normal, the United States is in a freefall of sorts as states see record numbers of COVID-19 on a daily basis.

A number of states have enforced new shutdown protocols of varying degrees to meet the crisis of skyrocketing case counts that eclipse the highest numbers from the spring. To examine how every state has responded to COVID-19, Stacker compiled state policies and actions from seven different sources. All data are as of Nov. 30. Sources for this piece are varied and come from the following:

For each state, we've broken down information on testing and tracing; guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities; compassionate release of prisoners statewide; housing support policy scores; and current opening status. Keep reading to see how different states' response plans compare to your own.

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Alabama

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 4 to April 30)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 23.3% to mitigation target
--- 6.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 4.2% to target (404 out of 9,544 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 1,434,431

Current opening status: Paused
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Alaska

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 28 to April 24)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 306.1% to mitigation target
--- 83.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 10.6% to target (234 out of 2,214 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 237,900

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

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Arizona

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 31 to May 15)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 56.4% to mitigation target
--- 15.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 3.5% to target (396 out of 11,192 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 2,462,278

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >50 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: No

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Arkansas

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 20.0% to mitigation target
--- 5.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 5.5% to target (374 out of 6,779 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (430 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 963,380

Current opening status: Paused
- Stay-at-home order: -
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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California

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 19 to May 12)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 83.0% to mitigation target
--- 22.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 28.9% to target (10,600 out of 36,729 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes
- Prisons: Yes (3,418 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.83/5
- State renting population: 17,035,151

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Statewide
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Colorado

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 26 to April 26)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 309.7% to mitigation target
--- 86.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 2.8% to target (588 out of 21,121 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (310 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 1.45/5
- State renting population: 1,789,202

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Connecticut

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 23 to May 20)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 525.5% to mitigation target
--- 149.7% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 11.4% to target (860 out of 7,514 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: No guidance
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (2,000 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 2.80/5
- State renting population: 1,057,962

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: From certain states
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Delaware

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to May 31)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 220.1% to mitigation target
--- 60.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 13.8% to target (211 out of 1,526 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (440 inmates released)
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.88/5
- State renting population: 259,631

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Florida

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 3 to May 4)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 51.9% to mitigation target
--- 14.0% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 9.8% to target (2,600 out of 26,489 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (3 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 7,157,164

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

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Georgia

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 3 to April 30)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 27.7% to mitigation target
--- 7.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 14.7% to target (1,378 out of 9,409 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 3,603,768

Current opening status: Paused
- Stay-at-home order: Rolled Back to High Risk Groups
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >50 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

 

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Hawaii

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 25 to May 31)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 51.3% to mitigation target
--- 13.9% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 15.4% to target (80 out of 521 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (811 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (823 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 2.85/5
- State renting population: 540,198

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Idaho

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 25 to April 30)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 22.8% to mitigation target
--- 6.2% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 3.9% to target (250 out of 6,349 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 487,848

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: No

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Illinois

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 21 to May 29)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 155.7% to mitigation target
--- 42.6% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 5.1% to target (3,074 out of 60,719 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Recommended restrict
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (4,000 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 1.85/5
- State renting population: 3,920,658

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: Newly closed to indoor dining
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Indiana

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to May 4)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 162.6% to mitigation target
--- 44.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 2.3% to target (650 out of 27,975 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (1,015 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,855,681

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Iowa

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 16.5% to mitigation target
--- 4.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 2.1% to target (403 out of 18,929 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (1,000 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 790,918

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: -
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Kansas

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 30 to May 3)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 20.3% to mitigation target
--- 5.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 2.8% to target (359 out of 12,767 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.85/5
- State renting population: 871,031

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: From certain states
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: Yes, but widely unenforced

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Kentucky

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 26 to May 20)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 61.2% to mitigation target
--- 16.6% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 10.5% to target (1,240 out of 11,769 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (5,184 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (1,000 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,353,300

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Louisiana

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 23 to May 15)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 83.5% to mitigation target
--- 22.7% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 9.6% to target (700 out of 7,333 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (63 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 1,502,811

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >50 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Maine

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 2 to May 31)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 331.0% to mitigation target
--- 94.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 10.1% to target (86 out of 849 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (650 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (157 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 315,084

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: >50 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Maryland

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 30 to May 15)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 192.4% to mitigation target
--- 53.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 16.9% to target (1,350 out of 7,982 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (650 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,831,677

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Massachusetts

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to May 18)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 607.3% to mitigation target
--- 173.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 16.0% to target (1,898 out of 11,833 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (758 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (390 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 2,214,898

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Rolled Back to High Risk Groups
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Michigan

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to June 12)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 254.0% to mitigation target
--- 70.9% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 3.1% to target (1,050 out of 33,421 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (8,283 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (1,958 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 2,585,932

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Newly closed to indoor dining
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Minnesota

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 27 to May 17)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 130.4% to mitigation target
--- 35.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 3.5% to target (1,028 out of 29,339 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 4.03/5
- State renting population: 1,359,971

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Mississippi

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 3 to April 27)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 31.8% to mitigation target
--- 8.6% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 3.8% to target (200 out of 5,325 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 915,762

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: No

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Missouri

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 6 to May 3)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 20.0% to mitigation target
--- 5.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 0.4% to target (94 out of 21,897 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 1,810,957

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

 

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Montana

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 28 to April 26)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 38.4% to mitigation target
--- 10.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 4.0% to target (200 out of 4,956 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 1.33/5
- State renting population: 305,301

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Nebraska

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 70.8% to mitigation target
--- 19.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 9.4% to target (950 out of 10,164 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 567,089

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: -
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Rolled back to international travel
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

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Nevada

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 1 to May 9)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 68.8% to mitigation target
--- 18.6% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 8.2% to target (600 out of 7,329 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.73/5
- State renting population: 1,254,199

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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New Hampshire

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 27 to May 31)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 337.8% to mitigation target
--- 98.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 7.4% to target (110 out of 1,479 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 329,259

Current opening status: Paused
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: From certain states
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: Yes

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New Jersey

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 21 to June 5)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 456.1% to mitigation target
--- 131.0% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 11.6% to target (1,835 out of 15,824 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (1,361 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (2,200 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 2.08/5
- State renting population: 2,924,825

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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New Mexico

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to May 31)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 112.2% to mitigation target
--- 30.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 5.5% to target (375 out of 6,866 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (60 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.53/5
- State renting population: 638,056

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Statewide
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Rolled back to certain states
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Newly closed to indoor dining
- Mask mandate: Yes

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New York

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 22 to May 28)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 620.5% to mitigation target
--- 178.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 43.5% to target (9,620 out of 22,102 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (8 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 1.05/5
- State renting population: 8,207,322

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Rolled back to high risk groups
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: From certain states
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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North Carolina

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 30 to May 22)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 53.5% to mitigation target
--- 14.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 9.5% to target (1,215 out of 12,766 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (1,083 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.19/5
- State renting population: 3,342,061

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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North Dakota

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 30.6% to mitigation target
--- 8.2% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 7.2% to target (500 out of 6,906 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (333 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 235,766

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: -
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >50 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Ohio

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 23 to May 29)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 97.4% to mitigation target
--- 26.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 5.2% to target (1,659 out of 31,797 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (333 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 3,545,527

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Oklahoma

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 31.3% to mitigation target
--- 8.4% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 5.3% to target (700 out of 13,181 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (775 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,270,040

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: No

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Oregon

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 23 to May 15)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 22.5% to mitigation target
--- 6.2% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 14.3% to target (656 out of 4,594 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (57 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 3.35/5
- State renting population: 1,448,791

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Newly closed to indoor dining
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Pennsylvania

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 1 to June 4)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 35.7% to mitigation target
--- 9.7% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 6.6% to target (1,508 out of 22,824 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (2,575 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 3,457,067

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Rhode Island

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 28 to May 8)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 256.8% to mitigation target
--- 70.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 6.4% to target (200 out of 3,110 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (52 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 365,613

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Rolled back to certain states
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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South Carolina

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 7 to May 4)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 39.6% to mitigation target
--- 10.7% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 11.7% to target (775 out of 6,623 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,473,765

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: No

 

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South Dakota

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 13.2% to mitigation target
--- 3.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 4.8% to target (350 out of 7,290 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: No guidance
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 240,172

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: -
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: -
- Mask mandate: No

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Tennessee

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 31 to April 30)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 40.3% to mitigation target
--- 10.8% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 6.4% to target (1,226 out of 19,218 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 2,118,314

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

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Texas

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 2 to April 30)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 52.0% to mitigation target
--- 14.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 8.2% to target (3,722 out of 45,436 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 9,601,665

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Utah

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 81.6% to mitigation target
--- 22.2% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 8.0% to target (1,200 out of 14,933 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: No guidance
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 824,044

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Vermont

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 25 to May 15)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 1097.5% to mitigation target
--- 356.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 15.0% to target (53 out of 354 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (300 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 2.48/5
- State renting population: 157,514

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: All travelers
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Virginia

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 30 to June 10)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 35.0% to mitigation target
--- 9.5% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 21.8% to target (1,547 out of 7,090 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: Yes (336 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 2,646,746

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Washington

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 23 to May 11)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 73.3% to mitigation target
--- 20.1% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 26.4% to target (2,122 out of 8,041 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 3.5/5
- State renting population: 2,499,304

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: All gatherings prohibited
- Restaurants: Newly closed to indoor dining
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Washington DC

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (April 1 to May 29)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 480.6% to mitigation target
--- 134.3% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 40.7% to target (268 out of 659 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibited
- Daily symptom screening: Required
- Use of PPE: Required

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: Not ranked

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: From certain states
- Large gatherings: >10 prohibited
- Restaurants: New service limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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West Virginia

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 24 to May 3)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 96.1% to mitigation target
--- 26.0% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 6.9% to target (248 out of 3,607 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (616 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (87 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0/5
- State renting population: 455,507

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service with capacity limits
- Mask mandate: Yes

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Wisconsin

Spring stay-at-home order: Yes (March 25 to May 13)

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 70.9% to mitigation target
--- 19.2% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 1.8% to target (600 out of 32,929 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: No guidance

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: Yes (1,600 inmates released)
- Prisons: Yes (1,572 inmates released)

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 1,678,088

Current opening status: Reopened
- Stay-at-home order: Lifted
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: None
- Large gatherings: No limit
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: Yes

 

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Wyoming

Spring stay-at-home order: No

Testing and tracing:
- COVID-19 testing:
--- 246.8% to mitigation target
--- 67.8% to suppression target
- Contact tracing: 1.3% to target (50 out of 3,774 needed tracers hired)

Guidance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Visitation: Prohibiting recommended
- Daily symptom screening: Recommended
- Use of PPE: Recommended

Compassionate release of prisoners statewide:
- Jails: No
- Prisons: No

Housing support policy score: 0.5/5
- State renting population: 161,204

Current opening status: New restrictions imposed
- Stay-at-home order: None
- Mandatory quarantine for travelers: Lifted
- Large gatherings: >25 prohibited
- Restaurants: Reopened to dine-in service
- Mask mandate: No

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