[Updated 7 April 2020]
“Folks, April stands to be very tough, and potentially very deadly,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
Gubernatorial directives to keep people at home to slow the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 began in California on 19 March. They have quickly been adopted across the country.
South Carolina became the 42nd state to join the club with an order on 06 April that went into effect at 5 pm the following day.
However, both Georgia and Florida governors relaxed their orders. In Florida, churches are permitted to congregate. In Georgia, beaches are open.
When Georgia governor Brian Kemp said he would issue an order calling for state-wide sheltering in place to begin, he said was only now “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs.” If that’s true, he’s been in a Faraday cage.
There are now 42 states plus the District of Columbia that are following the recommendations of epidemiologists.
Their goal: to “flatten the curve” of infection. Because no one (except someone who has already be infected, we believe) has immunity to this new (“novel”) virus, the odds are high that exposure will equal sickness.
Just how sick depends on a variety of risk factors, which include age and chronic health conditions, such as asthma, a heart condition, diabetes or obesity. Also at risk: anyone who is immune compromised, such as cancer patients in active treatment.
Slowing the rate of infection reduces peak demand on health care facilities (flattening the curve). There is no vaccine nor a cure for coronavirus.
Stay at home order timeline
- 06 April: South Carolina
- 03 April: Alabama, Missouri
- 02 April: Georgia
- 01 April: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania
- 31 March: Maine, Texas
- 30 March: Arizona, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia as well as the mayor of DC
- 28 March: Kansas, Rhode Island
- 27 March: Alaska, North Carolina
- 26 March: Montana, New Hampshire
- 25 March: Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota
- 24 March: Vermont, Wisconsin
- 23 March: Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia
- 22 March: Delaware, Louisiana, Ohio
- 21 March: New Jersey
- 20 March: Connecticut, Illinois, New York
- 19 March: California
- 29 February: public announcement of first US death from coronavirus
No action: AK, IA, ND, NE, SD
Some action: OK, UT, WY
All governors have previously issued a state of emergency:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,
ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO,
MS, MT, NE, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH,
OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA,
WI, WV, WY.