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Breaking down how every state has responded to COVID-19

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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