List of States With Emergency Declaration Due to COVID-19
Many state governments have each started declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of a rise in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
That disaster proclamation is “an operational procedure” in part allowing the federal government to reimburse costs related to the state’s response, and making State Disaster Relief Fund dollars available.
With West Virginia’s declaration on Monday, all 50 states have now formally declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 threat — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (“disaster”), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (“disaster”), Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There are individual counties and cities that have made their own declarations independent of the state government.
West Virginia is the only state still without a confirmed case of COVID-19. West Virginia finally confirmed a case on March 17 (Tuesday).
On January 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
A notable declaration of a PHE was for the H1N1 flu in April 2009. The Zika virus also merited a PHE in August 2016.
FEMA is planning for the possibility that the federal government will declare a nationwide emergency, beyond a PHE. On March 13, President Trump announced a national emergency to deal with the COVID-19 situation.
* Because this is fast-breaking news, the information below will be updated with details as soon as they become available.
* The District of Columbia (D.C.) declared a state of emergency on March 11 (Wednesday). Mayor Muriel Bowser said the emergency declaration is largely administrative and allows her to more easily request federal disaster, mandate medical quarantining and make price gouging illegal. There are 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in D.C.
Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday) and closed public schools for two-and-a-half weeks as the state reported its first cases of coronavirus.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared an emergency on March 11 (Wednesday).
Governor Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency in Arizona on March 11 (Wednesday) in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Arizona has seen nine cases of COVID-19, with two confirmed positive and seven others diagnosed as presumptive positive cases.
Mayor Frank Scott Jr. declared a state of emergency for the city of Little Rock on March 12 (Thursday).
The City of Fayetteville declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 (Wednesday).
Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency on March 4 (Wednesday).
Orange County declared a state of emergency on February 26 (Wednesday).
The City of San Francisco declared a “public health emergency” on Feb. 26 (Wednesday). The mayor is London Breed.
Sonoma County declared a “state of emergency” on March 2 (Monday), after a resident was declared presumptively positive.
Nevada County declared a local health emergency related to COVID-19. There are no known cases of coronavirus in Nevada County currently. Nevada County is in the Sierra Nevada of California.
Governor Polis declared an emergency on March 10 (Tuesday).
There are eight (8) presumptive positive COVID-19 cases as of March 6.
Gov. Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
At least one employee of a Connecticut hospital has tested positive, with 11 other samples are waiting to be tested.
Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency on March 1 (Sunday). Two Florida residents have tested positive for the virus as of Sunday.
Two Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as of March 6 (Friday), bringing the USA death toll to 17.
Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on March 14 (Saturday).
Two cases in Fulton County were confirmed March 2 (Monday)
A third Georgian tested positive on March 6 (Friday).
Governor Ige issued an emergency proclamation on March 4 (Wednesday).
The mayors of Maui, Kauai, and Oahu also issued emergency proclamations on the same day.
Hawaii confirmed its first case on Friday. It’s an Oahu resident who last month traveled on the cruise ship Grand Princess, which has been linked to more than two dozen cases of COVID-19.
Declared on March 13 (Friday).
Lawmakers earlier approved the transfer of $2 million to an emergency fund for COVID-19.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on March 9 (Monday) announced he has issued a state of emergency decree in response to the novel coronavirus threat.
As we’ve said from the beginning, the state of Illinois will use every tool at our disposal to respond to #COVID2019, and today’s disaster proclamation – Illinois’ version of a state of emergency – is the next step in that commitment. pic.twitter.com/IIs6dtj9H5
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 10, 2020
The Chicago area saw its first case on January 24.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are advising individuals to isolate themselves for two weeks after returning from Italy, Japan, Iran, China, or South Korea.
Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency on on March 6 (Friday). The state has one confirmed case.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on March 9 (Monday). This initiatied the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation permits state agencies to apply resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to carry out activities needed to prevent, contain and lessen the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
Gov. Kim Reynolds said on March 7 (Saturday) that she’s ordered a “partial activation” of a state emergency operations center.
Gov. Andy Beshear declared a public health emergency on March 6 (Friday).
On March 11 (Wednesday), Governor Edwards held Louisiana’s second Unified Command Group meeting about the coronavirus. Following the meeting, he declared a Public Health emergency in Louisiana related to COVID-19.
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, at 8 a.m., the state of Louisiana has confirmed 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.
Gov. Janet Mills declared a civil emergency on March 15 (Sunday).
With new COVID-19 cases in Maine, we must prepare & respond – but not panic. Proclaiming a civil emergency unleashes state authorities & allows access to federal funds that will support our response efforts to delay and mitigate the outbreak in Maine.https://t.co/9rcCIS8YxF
— Governor Janet Mills (@GovJanetMills) March 15, 2020
Maine has seven confirmed positive tests of the coronavirus with another five likely cases over four days, including a couple that lives in a Falmouth retirement community.
Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on March 5 (Thursday) after three Marylanders tested positive.
Governor Baker declared an emergency on March 10 (Tuesday).
Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency on March 10 (Tuesday) after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed.
Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency March 14 (Saturday), a move he said will expedite Mississippi’s response to the spread of the new coronavirus as neighboring Louisiana saw a large spike in cases.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on March 12 (Thursday) signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Montana in response to the coronavirus.
Task force formed. The state has $2 million in its emergency fund.
There is no confirmed case in the state, though a part-time Montana resident traveling in Maryland was diagnosed with the virus Wednesday.
Gov. Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a state emergency on March 12 (Thursday).
A person in Clark County tested presumptively positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, marking the first case of the virus in the state. The patient, a male in his 50s, is hospitalized and currently in isolation.
Note that Nevada County, which declared a local health emergency on March 4, is in the state of California.
Declared by Gov. John Sununu
Governor Phil Murphy declared an emergency on March 9 (Monday).
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency on March 11 (Wednesday).
Declared by Governor Cuomo on March 7 (Saturday).
UPDATE: We have learned of new confirmed cases of #Coronavirus in NYS bringing the total number of cases to 76.
– 57 cases in Westchester County
– 11 cases in NYC
– 4 cases in Nassau County
– 2 cases in Rockland County
– 2 cases in Saratoga County
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 7, 2020
Emergency operations center activated in the state capital of Albany.
Gov. Roy Cooper declared an emergency on March 10 (Tuesday).
Has at least one confirmed case.
Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a State of Emergency on March 13 (Friday).
Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency on March 9 (Monday).
The state has three cases — all in their 50s and from Cuyahoga County.
Two of the Ohioans with coronavirus are a married couple who were on a cruise on the Nile River. Of that couple, one person was hospitalized and one was not.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties on March 15 (Sunday).
Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on March 8 (Sunday). At least 14 people have so far tested positive for the COVID19 in the state.
Clackamas County declared a state of emergency on March 2 (Monday).
Pa. Gov. Wolf signed an emergency declaration on March 6 (Friday) after two cases were confirmed.
Following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, @GovernorTomWolf today signed an emergency disaster declaration to increase support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus.https://t.co/n0DYjvBKTa
— Office of the Governor (@GovernorsOffice) March 6, 2020
Rhode Island’s governor declared a state of emergency on March 9 (Monday).
Gov. Gina Raimondo said the order allows the state to access additional resources even though the risk of contracting the virus in Rhode Island remains low.
Gov. Henry McMaster announced he will declare a state of emergency for South Carolina on March 13 (Friday).
The governor also said he will order all schools to close in Kershaw and Lancaster counties, where the virus is spreading from person-to-person in the community.
Schools there will remain closed for 14 days.
Gov. Kristi Noem declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency on March 12 (Thursday).
The state has at least 18 detected cases of COVID-19.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared on March 13 (Friday) that COVID-19 is a statewide public health disaster.
The governor has the authority under state law to declare a disaster during a disease outbreak and to “control ingress and egress to and from a disaster area” — effectively giving him the power to place a city under lockdown.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday declared that the new coronavirus is a statewide public health disaster.https://t.co/UNhBPj0qAi
— DentonRC (@DentonRC) March 13, 2020
Mayor Ron Nirenberg on February 29 declared a state of disaster and public health emergency for the City of San Antonio.
Bexar County joined San Antonio’s declaration on March 2nd. San Antonio is the county seat of Bexar County.
State declared on March 6 (Friday).
Salt Lake City declared on March 11 (Wednesday).
Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency on March 13 (Friday).
Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on March 12 (Thursday).
Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for all 55 of West Virginia’s counties on March 16 (Monday).
To date, no cases of coronavirus have been reported in West Virginia. The Department of Health and Human Resources reports 84 people have been tested. Of those, 80 were negative and four results are still pending.
Gov. Justice announced that all schools would be closed until March 27.
Gov. Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency on March 12 (Thursday).
Governor Jay Inslee declared a State of Emergency on February 29 after one death.
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