An article from the Brookings Institute lays out the possible post-COVID economic scenarios as restrictions are lifted and economic activity increases. As income and sales tax revenues plummet, and demand for Medicaid and other programs increases, state governments may have to cut spending or raise taxes; meanwhile, the federal government hasn’t provided enough money to state and local governments to offset the lost revenues and added spending resulting from the coronavirus, according to the report.
This map shows the U.S. states that have released COVID-19 data by race, which Johns-Hopkins University & Medicine says is essential to informing the pandemic response of policymakers. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, racial/ethnic minority populations have a disproportionate burden of underlying comorbidities; may live in more crowded urban neighborhoods; and are more likely to be employed in public-facing occupations (e.g., services and transportation) that would prevent physical distancing. Population-focused interventions may be critical to continue reducing the spread of COVID-19.
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.
As COVID-19 puts healthcare under the microscope, and policymakers and patients struggle with rising costs, efforts have focused on greater price transparency. The independent, nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute provides an interactive platform for state-by-state healthcare costs and quality measures for frequently performed medical interventions.
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.
Featuring an easy-to-use, interactive dashboard to inform state leaders about key drivers that impact re-opening plans, C19 Explorer was developed by Anthem, xy.ai, doc.ai, OMNY, and CloudMedX based on public data. Is your state is ready to reopen?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has announced it will distribute doses of remdesivir, the COVID-19 treatment, to state health departments and allow them to determine which hospitals should receive it. Gilead, the drug’s manufacturer, will donate 607,000 vials of the drug — enough to treat about 78,000 patients — in the next six weeks. HHS said only patients on ventilators or other mechanized breathing support will be eligible. (05/09/20) Read more here.
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.
To help leaders envision the near future and prepare to take critical steps now, The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy is releasing reports weekly under the banner COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. Subjects include effective crisis communication, supply chains, contact tracing and other pressing topics.
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.