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COVID-19: States Respond to Public Health Emergency : February 29, March 1, March 22, and May 21, 2020

COVID-19: States Respond to Public Health Emergency
Heather Kerrigan

Early response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was led by state and local leaders who issued states of emergency, mask mandates, and “stay-at-home” orders that shuttered nonessential businesses, schools, and transportation to prevent the spread of the virus.

In March and April, forty-two states issued orders for residents to stay at home except for essential activities, such as seeking medical care. Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota did not issue statewide orders stopping nonessential activities, while Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming left the decision to counties to issue stay-at-home restrictions. In some places, ...

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