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  • March 12, 2020—Governor Kemp ordered most state employees to work from home, but has not shut down the state capitol. He also initiated a “call to order” for schools and daycare, which allows them to shutdown if local administrators are in agreement to do so.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Kemp requested 100 million in state funds to combat COVID-19.
  • March 13, 2020 – Governor Kemp issued a public health emergency for the state.
  • March, 14, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order calling National Guard troops to active duty. The order calls up 2,000 National Guard troops to active duty to assist in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the state.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Georgia General Assembly granted the Governor expansive new emergency powers to combat COVID-19, including the ability to:
    • Suspend laws and regulations prescribing state agency procedures;
    • Compel a health care facility to provide services or transfer management to the state;
    • Commandeer or utilize private property;
    • Transfer state treasury funds; and
    • Direct evacuations if necessary.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor ordered all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools to be closed by March 18 through at least March 31.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor in a press conference encouraged Georgians to support local businesses and drive-in/thru restaurants and take out options to bolster the local economy.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed the amended fiscal year 2020 budget  to tap into the state’s rainy-day fund for $100 million to combat COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor submitted a letter requesting a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the State of Georgia.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor urged hospitals to cancel elective surgery in order to save life-saving supplies.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor, in consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, asked healthcare providers and the public to conserve COVID-19 test for the most vulnerable populations.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced and named members of the Georgia’s Coronavirus Task Force Committees. The task force is comprised of the following committees:
    • Economic Impact
    • Primary Care Providers
    • Emergency Preparedness
    •  Homeland and Displaced
  • March 20. 2020 – The Governor issued two executive orders. One executive order authorized the transfer of over 19 million to the Governor’s Emergency Fund to purchase medical supplies and equipment and the other executive order aimed at reducing regulations surrounding COVID-19 response.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order expanding temporary licensing of certain medical professions assisting in the state’s response.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that limited large gatherings, ordered a “shelter-in-place” for specific populations, and closed bars, nightclubs for 14 days.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor called on all Georgia businesses who are able to help the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical health care items.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state’s coronavirus task force will participate in a live town hall.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that adopted emergency rules and waivers with respect to renewal and suspensions of driver’s licenses and identification cards.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending the closure of public schools through April 24.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to assist the with the state’s response to unemployment insurance claims.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor deployed the national guard medical support team to support the state’s efforts in battling COVID-19.
  • March 27, 2020 – The President approved Georgia’s disaster declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in Georgia.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor ordered the enforcement of social distancing measures at parks and lakes.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an 1135 Medicaid waiver.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor announced a laboratory surge capacity plan to quickly increase the availability of COVID-19 testing. This plan is in partnership with various university and health systems in Georgia.
  • April 1, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Georgia National Guard will deploy over 100 Guardsmen to any long-term care facility/assisted living facility or nursing home with COVID-19 cases.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor’s emergency legislation were approved by the House and Senate. Key provisions include the following:
    • Access to at least $11 million in state funding to respond to COVID-19.
    • Establishing a consumer loan guarantee program through the Finance Authority of Maine, in partnership with financial institutions, to provide low- or no-interest loans for eligible people in Maine.
    • Temporarily expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.
    • Increasing the Department of Education’s ability to waive certain school-day requirements and to continue school lunch programs for all eligible children.
    • Authorizing the Governor to adjust state, county and municipal government deadlines and to permit all public entities to meet by remote participation.
    • Expanding the ability of Maine Emergency Medical Services’ Board and staff to take actions more promptly.
    • Authorizing the Governor to prohibit utilities from terminating residential electric and water service.
    • Authorizing the Governor to determine and direct the manner of the June 2020 primary, if necessary.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that closed restaurant dining rooms, bars, and limited social gatherings to no greater than 10 people.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed the Maine Health Care Coverage Act to improve private health insurance in the state.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor ordered open all inland waters for fishing and waived the requirement that anglers need a recreational fishing license to fish the inland waters of Maine. The order is effective immediately and runs until April 30th.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to the president requesting that the Trump Administration consider direct financial assistance, subsidies, and operating loans or loan deferment, among other possible measures, to help the seafood industry.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor urged large essential businesses to limit in-store customers, enhance curbside pick-up and delivery services, and implement physical distancing measures to protect customer and employee health
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order that mandated all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing.
  • March 25, 2020 –The Governor, through the Maine Emergency Management Agency, signed agreements with the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System to coordinate requests for assistance and the deployment of resources.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed an insurance emergency response order allowing licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurses greater flexibility to contribute to Maine’s response during the civil state of emergency. This includes:
    • Receive an emergency license to provide health care in person or through telehealth to Maine people, with no application fee
    • See Maine patients through telehealth without obtaining a Maine license, if already serving those patients at out-of-state locations
    • Have their licenses automatically renewed if up for renewal during the state of emergency
    • Suspend conforming to physician oversight requirements (for physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses)
    • Reactivate their license immediately with no application fee, if retired.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor took action to align Maine with federal guidance and improves the affordability of needed health care services delivered through telehealth.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced new measures to help the state’s nursing facilities address financial challenges. They include:
    • Providing additional payments through MaineCare to support nursing facilities’ efforts related to infection control and visitor screening to protect workers and the residents in their care.
    • Asking nursing homes to track and submit costs beyond their normal operating expenses.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor extended the state income tax payment deadline to July 15, 2020
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor launched a new online resource in the state that outlines the ways the people of Maine can support relief efforts. It outlines 4 ways help can be provided:
    • Financial assistance
    • Healthcare and medical assistance
    • Small business assistance
    • Connections with family, friends, and neighbors
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor extended boating registration renewal period until April 30 due to COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to fast track free online job training at Maine’s community colleges
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that her office is accelerating pay increases for personal care workers and expanding access to meals for older Mainers who are home-bound because of COVID-19.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor issued a stay-at-home order for the state that will continue to April 30th.
  • Maryland Department of Health coronavirus resource page.
  • January 29, 2020—The State Emergency Operations Center’s activation level has been raised to “Enhanced” in support of a local incident and novel coronavirus response in Maryland.
  • January 29, 2020—The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has issued clinical guidance to the state’s 20,472 physicians, 2,786 nurse practitioners, 1,301 pharmacists, and local health departments. The department has held briefings for Maryland Strategic National Stockpile partners and public health and hospital emergency managers. In addition, the department has held an informational webinar for local health departments.
  • March 2, 2020—MDH has released public service announcements regarding statewide preparedness efforts.
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Hogan is submitting a $10 million emergency funding request to the General Assembly as part of a supplemental budget.
  • March 3, 2020—The Maryland Higher Education Commission is coordinating with University System of Maryland institutions that are bringing home students who are studying abroad in Italy and Japan.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to review and reiterate guidance on infection control and medical management.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide guidance to local school systems on protocols for school closures.
  • March 3, 2020—MDH is coordinating with the Maryland Hospital Association to work with all the local hospitals on surge plans and preparedness.
  • March 3, 2020—The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is actively engaged with travelers to ensure they have information they need and are following the CDC guidelines. The Port of Baltimore is also engaged in similar screening protocols.
  • March 3, 2020—All state agencies have reviewed their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and submitted them to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
  • March 5, 2020—Governor Hogan declares a state of emergency to coordinate response after coronavirus after confirming cases in Maryland.
  • March 6, 2020—Governor Hogan issued a bulletin for health carriers regarding coverage for COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Hogan signed emergency legislation allowing his state to access rainy day funds, and formed a Coronavirus Response Team to advise on health and emergency management decisions.
  • March 9, 2020—Governor Hogan suspended all business-related out-of-state travel for state employees.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Hogan enacted several recommendations and additional state actions:
    • The Department of Motor Vehicles moved toward an all appointment system for all transactions, to reduce walk-in visits and foot traffic.
    • The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange established a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection for COVID-19.
    • The Department of Corrections and Public Safety Services discontinued visitation services for an individual in infirmaries.
    • For long-term care communities, access is restricted to essential visits only; staff are prohibited from international travel; and it is recommended that facilities screen all individuals entering the facilities.
    • All state veterans’ facilities are required to follow state-issued guidelines for long-term care facilities.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Hogan announced major actions including:
    • Maryland Emergency Management Agency moving to its highest action level.
    • Activating the National Guard.
    • All state government is raised to “elevated level two” and all non-essential state employees who are approved for telework will be required to do so.
    • Closing all public schools from March 16 through March 27.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order closing all casinos, racetracks, and betting facilities. To support these businesses, the Maryland Department of Commerce and Labor compiled resources for employer and worker assistance, financial assistance, and licensing and permitting to help support the industry.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor ordered the closure of bars and restaurants and banned mass gatherings of over 50 people.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an omnibus health care order that:
    • Increases hospital bed capacity by 6,0000;
    • Activates the states medical reserve corps;
    • Establishes policies and procedures for rationing, distributing and stockpiling resources received from the Strategic National Stockpile;
    • Allows for interstate reciprocity of practice for any individual that holds a valid health care license;
    • Allows for inactive clinicians to practice without first reinstating their inactive license; and
    • Allows for actions to control, restrict, and regulate the use of health care facilities in responding to a catastrophic health emergency.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order that prohibits utility shutoffs and prohibits evictions for individuals who can show documentation that their inability to pay was due to COVID-19.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor, along with the Maryland Police Force, activated the Maryland State Troopers to be deployed across the state and activated two Area Support Medical Companies (under the National Guard) to carry out emergency functions.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Department of Health hosted a webinar providing guidance for businesses in preventing the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Maryland Office of Child Care released guidance so child care providers can begin to evaluate their programs and make decisions on how to best support children of emergency personnel.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that no one should use public transportation except emergency personnel, front-line health-care workers, or those whose jobs are essential to the supply chain.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor requested that all returning spring break travelers quarantine for the next 14 days and avoid people over the age of 60.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses.
  • March 23, 2020 – The governor announced more than $175 million to assist small businesses and workers, with $125 million in loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofits through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Another $75 million loan fund and a $50 million grant fund, with $1 million in grants dedicated to non-profits, will provide working capital to be used for payroll, rent, fixed-debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that Maryland Commerce is also working on creating a $5 million fund to incentivize businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment and other supplies to satisfy the increasing needs of the healthcare industry.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor announced that he has allocated $5 million, and the Maryland Department of Labor has allocated $2 million, to collaboratively launch the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor toured the Baltimore Convention Center, which is to be turned into a field hospital and alternative care site with support from the Maryland National Guard.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor requested a presidential disaster declaration.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Maryland’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Maryland to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a joint partnership between the Governor’s office, Bloomberg Philanthropies and John Hopkins University to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The funding consists of a $3 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, in addition to $1 million in backing from the state of Maryland.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued a Stay at Home order and announced the opening of four new testing sites. Additionally, he announced updates on the state’s $175 million economic relief package for workers and small businesses, including an additional $2 million for the state’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.
  • February 3, 2020—A supplemental appropriations bill filed by Governor Baker would allow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to use surplus funds in unrelated accounts in the event of unanticipated costs related to communicable diseases. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved mid-year spending bills based on the Governor’s request, which must be reconciled.
  • February 28, 2020—The Massachusetts Department of Public Health established an Incident Command Structure to facilitate regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners to statewide stakeholders.
  • March 4, 2020—Governor Baker announced that due to the emergency health situation, the state is urging colleges and universities to cancel upcoming organized international trips.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Baker declared a state of emergency .
  • March 10, 2020—Broad restrictions are imposed on travel for many state employees
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced several new steps to address COVID-19, including the following:
    • All public and private elementary and secondary schools will be closed for three weeks.
    • Gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
    • Visitors are prohibited from entering long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
    • The administration is filing emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits.
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor announced a new legislative package aimed at supporting municipal governance that allows changes to the postponing of town meetings, adopting lower quorum rules, permitting municipal spending of revolving funds, and other measures.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor announced a $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund that aims to provide emergency capital (up to $75,000) to businesses in the state impacted by COVID-19.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor announced four new emergency orders that make the following changes:
    • Licensed physicians who have retired in the last year, and who are in good standing, may be reactivated for a period of 90 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • Providers in good standing from other states can obtain emergency licenses to practice in the state, or practice through telemedicine.
    • The ability of residents to provide critical services (under supervision) will be expanded.
    • Allows licenses for nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants, who would otherwise be up for renewal, to extend their licensure status by 90 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • Adjusts the minimum standards for ambulance staffing to ensure capacity of EMS services.
    • Expands telehealth by facilitating those services across state lines.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor’s administration is distributing $5 million in initial emergency funding to address needs of community health boards. Additional funding will support public health emergency resources in cities and towns.
  • March 17, 2020 – Building off the Governor’s emergency loan fund, the Governor formally requested that the Small Business Administration issue a declaration of economic injury so as to expedite the ability for small business to obtain loans.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that all early education and childcare centers will close on March 23, 2020.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate S.2599 authorizing unemployment assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. The legislation will allow for new claims to be paid in an expedited fashion by waiving the one week waiting period for such benefits.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor activated the Massachusetts National Guard with up to 2,000 members who will support requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and related duties.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organization who are not proving “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities. Simultaneously, the Governor also stated that he is limiting mass gathering to 10 people or less. The order does not however prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in an outdoor space.
  • March 16, 2020 –  The Massachusetts courts announced that no evictions would occur during the COVID-19 public health emergency until at least April 21.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor filed An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19, which would provide administrative relief to state and local government entities in the form of modifying local permitting processes, enabling municipalities to extend tax and finance deadlines, and extending deadlines for certain education requirements.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new text-based notification system to deliver important information about the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response to Massachusetts residents.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced new actions across the commonwealth, which include extending the closure of all public and private schools and non-emergency child care programs and actions to protect homeowners and low-income tenants from eviction and foreclosure.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of a COVID-19 Advisory Board, which includes a group of medical experts that will support the Response Command Center and actions across the commonwealth.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Massachusetts’ request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Massachusetts to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, extend fair hearing timelines, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that he extended the 2019 state individual income tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced new public health emergency responses, by issuing guidelines on travel and transportation and offering support for health care professionals and patients. The follow measures will go into place:
    • Travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • State medical schools will facilitate early graduation of their qualified fourth-year students to allow graduates to support the health care workforce.
    • The Board of Registration in Medicine will provide medical school graduates who have matched as an intern, resident or fellow with a Board-approved Massachusetts health care facility or training program with Emergency 90-Day Limited Licenses to practice medicine.
    • The launch of Buoy Health’s new online resource for residents to check their symptoms and connect with the next appropriate health care resource.
    • A public health order to provide Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, in good standing, with greater flexibility in their prescribing practices.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society to match volunteers with communities and health care providers based on skillsets and need.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a new online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment and sign up to volunteer to support COVID-19 emergency response efforts.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced new actions that will support efforts to expand the Commonwealth’s health care workforce, including expediting licensing for certain health care workers and onboarding for health care volunteers who have signed up through the Administration’s new online volunteer portal.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Department of Public Health ordered that certain MassHealth regulations regarding the transfers and discharge of long-term facility residents be waived for the purposes of moving residents to designated COVID-19 facilities.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor announced updates to the list of businesses deemed to provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” and extended the non-essential business emergency order to May 4.
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  • New York Department of Health Coronavirus resource page.
  • March 2, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced the state will institute a new cleaning protocol at schools and in the public transportation system to help stop any potential spread of the virus.
  • March 2, 2020—The Governor will also propose legislation to clarify authority for governor to take certain statewide actions and measures in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak as needed.
  • March 2, 2020—The public health laboratory housed within the State Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with hospitals to expand surge testing capacity to 1,000 tests per day statewide for the novel coronavirus. The Wadsworth Center will provide these hospitals with instructions on how to replicate the State’s test, as well as help them purchase some of the equipment necessary to develop and validate the test.
  • March 2, 2020—DOH is convening local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • March 2, 2020—Under a directive by the Governor, the State Department of Financial Services will require health insurers to waive cost sharing associated with testing for coronavirus.
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Cuomo signed into law a $40 million emergency management authorization for New York State’s novel coronavirus response.
  • March 3, 2020—The Governor also announced he will amend his Paid Sick Leave budget proposal to specifically protect from termination people who are required to stay home from work because they are being isolated or quarantined as a result of the novel coronavirus.
  • March 3, 2020—State university institutions will bring back students who are in study abroad programs in countries with high prevalence of novel coronavirus and review all study abroad programs ahead of potential expanded travel restrictions by the federal government.
  • March 5, 2020—The Governor has activated their statewide emergency operations center in Albany, along with two outposts in Westchester County.
  • March 7, 2020—Governor Cuomo declared a disaster emergency in the state.
  • March 10, 2020— Governor Cuomo deployed National Guard troops to a Health Department command post in New Rochelle to assist with the outbreak – an area with 108 confirmed cases at the time of mobilization.
  • March 11, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced that New York will contract with 28 private labs to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. Additionally, he announced that the state will provide two weeks paid leave for workers who are quarantined as well as $200,000 to local food banks in New Rochelle for families who rely on free school lunches.
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings larger than 500 people should be cancelled or postponed.
  • March 13, 2020- The FDA issued enforcement discretion and is not objecting to the New York State Department of Health authorizing certain laboratories in New York to begin patient testing after validating their tests and notifying the state.
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor sent a letter to President Trump calling for comprehensive federal action to combat COVID-19, including a national strategy for testing, school closures, and hospital surge capacity.
  • March 15, 2020- The Governor announced that all NYC, Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau Public Schools are closed for two weeks beginning on March 16.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order which:
    • Increases hospital capacity in the state;
    • Directs all nonessential state workers to work from home;
    • Opens drive-through mobile testing facilities in State Island and Rockland County; and
    • Waives all park fees in state, local, and county parks.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order delaying village elections until the April 28 primary election.
  • March 16, 2020- The Governor issued an executive order directing all New York schools to close from March 19 – April 1.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus throughout the tri-state area.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor announced legislation that guarantees job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined. The bill also includes comprehensive paid sick leave.
  • March 17, 2020- The Governor and State Attorney General announced that the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt for at least a 30-day period.
  • March 17, 2020- The New York Empire State Development Corporation posted COVID-19-Related Resources: Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced the United States Navy Ship Comfort, a 1000-bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor directed all non-essential businesses to implement work from home policies, with exceptions for specific essential services determined by the state.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey announced that the Governor of Pennsylvania is joining their coalition to implement a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. The Governors expanded their previous orders to include:
    • Limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people;
    • Closing restaurants and bars for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only; and
    • Temporary closing of movie theaters, gyms, and casinos.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order requiring in-office personnel to decrease in-office workforce by 75 percent, with exceptions for essential businesses.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced the Department of Financial Services issued a new directive providing 90-day mortgage relief for all New Yorkers.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor created an online portal for retired health care professionals to sign up to enlist as reserve medical staff.
  • March 19, 2020 – New York waived the one-week waiting requirment for accessing Unemployment Insurance.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor, together with Governor Murphy, Governor Lamont, and Governor Wolf directed the temporary closure of barber shops, nail and hair salons, and related personal care services.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance on essential services under the New York State on PAUSE executive order, a ten-point policy to assured uniform safety for everyone signed on Friday, March 20.
  • March 22, 2020 – The Governor unveiled a suite of strategies aimed at equipping the state prepare for a medical surge, including:
    • Leveraging the Army Corps of Engineers to repurpose four temporary hospital sites in New York State;
    • Implementing drugs trials and acquiring hydroxychloroquine, Zithromax, and chloroquine as treatment candidates;
    • Announcing that all hospitals will be required to develop plans to expand capacity with hospitals; and,
    • Suspending all elective, non-critical surgeries to help expand hospital capacity.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.9 which continues the temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the disaster emergency.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued a statement on the third supplemental package that passed the Senate on March 26.
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced the state received significant donations from several major corporations, philanthropic organizations and celebrities to help increase the states medical material supply capacity.
  • March 26, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables New York to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing timelines.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.11 continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the disaster emergency.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.12 moving the presidential primary from April 28 to June 23 and enabling the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15
  • March 28. 2020 – The Governor made several announcements detailing recent actions the state has taken to increase testing and health system capacity:
    • The State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing;
    • The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is expected to open March 30, one week after construction started;
    • Three additional sites – South Beach Psychiatric Center, Westchester Square, and Health Alliance will add 695 more emergency beds; and,
    • The Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in business counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across the state.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a mobile testing site in Northeast Bronx, which will prioritize individuals that are among the highest risk population. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 202.13 continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws such as extending the grace period for the payment of premiums and fees to 90 days for any life insurance holder, allowing schools to pay for child care services, and postponing all elections until at least June 1, among other things.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced a public-private partnership whereby the Department of Health will work with the statewide healthcare system to create a command center to share information between hospitals about the supplies each hospital has in stock and the supplies each hospital is ordering.
  • March 30 – The New York Department of Labor published an unemployment insurance flow chart to clearly outline how different eligible individuals can access unemployment compensation and what levels of compensation are available.
  • March 30 – The Governor publicly asked that healthcare workers from communities across the U.S. that are not facing a crisis come to New York to help alleviate the strain on their healthcare system.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor announced the formation of the Central Coordinating Team (the Team), a hospital network tasked with facilitating a coordinated and strategic approach to implement the statewide public-private partnership announced by the Governor on March 30. Specifically, the Team will:
    • Organize upstate and downstate staffing
    • Assist Elmhurst hospital and other stressed hospitals;
    • Establish patient thresholds for hospitals;
    • Organize patient transfers to other hospitals and the USNS Comfort;
    • Coordinate State-City stockpiles and individual hospital stockpiles; and,
    • Facilitate staffing recruitment.
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What Steps Has The Federal Government Taken To Address Coronavirus?

  • March 27 – President signs Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding General Motors Company.
  • March 27 – President signs Executive Order Delegating Additional Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19.
  • March 27 – President signs Executive Order to Order the Select Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty
  • March 27, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed by President Trump.
  • March 27, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was approved the U.S. House.
  • March 26, 2020 – Department of Health and Human Services issued designation of scarce COVID-19 resources subject to hoarding prevention measures.
  • March 25, 2020 — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed the U.S. Senate.
  • March 23, 2020 – The President issued a second Defense Production Act Executive Order: Preventing Hoarding of Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19.

State/Territory Needs & Resource Matching

  • BIO’s Coronavirus Hub and Healthcare Ready: Connections for supplies and resources will be facilitated by BIO in partnership with Healthcare Ready. For suppliers, please review the Hub’s FAQs and email States in need, please contact Sarah Baker at
  • NASPO ValuePoint is actively gathering updates, including ordering information, from their Contractors with a focus on those items currently in high demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, etc.) as well as for those ValuePoint Contracts that entities can utilize to help facilitate the work from home option. This information is included by category and will be reviewed and updated by the NASPO ValuePoint Team on a daily basis. Please contact Sarah Hilderbrand at with any questions.
  • Facilities – A list of industry resources for identifying facilities that can be available for coronavirus response.

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