The nation reached yet another bleak milestone Wednesday, surpassing 3,000,000 coronavirus cases — roughly a quarter of the world's cases and its deaths.
Governors and other state leaders continue to grapple with plans to reopen their economies – or slow them down again – after a Fourth of July weekend where celebrations ignoring social distancing guidelines led the news. Among measures on the table: shutting down high-capacity businesses such as bars and gyms, halting elective surgeries and requiring people to wear masks.
Here is a look at which states have paused their reopening or taken other steps. This list is continually updated.
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring bars, gyms, theaters and water parks to shut down June 29. The order follows mounting pressure to respond to ballooning COVID-19 numbers that followed his accelerated reopening plan, which he announced in May.
"Arizonans have been, by and large, terrific, fantastic and responsible," the governor said. "But, we have found some situations in categories where we need to take more aggressive actions, and that's what we're going to do today."
Arizona reported over 3,500 new COVID-19 cases and 36 additional deaths July 8. The day prior, the state reported 117 new deaths — the highest number of deaths reported so far.
The state has reported a total of 108,614 cases.
– Maria Polletta and Rachel Leingang, Arizona Republic
Nearly two weeks after moving into phase two, which allowed for two-thirds capacity in restaurants and other businesses, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he's not ready to ease restrictions further as the state experiences a spike in coronavirus cases.
The state has recorded over 25,000 confirmed cases, over 5,500 which are currently active. The number of new cases on July 8, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was the second-highest since the outbreak began.
As California faces an explosion of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered 19 counties — including Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Clara — to shut down businesses with indoor operations for three weeks. That includes theaters, wineries, museums and restaurants.
As of July 8, California has reported 289,468 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state set an all-time single-day high on that day, with 11,694 cases — that includes a considerable backlog from Los Angeles County.
Delaware did not move into phase three of its economic reopening on June 29. The announcement, issued by Gov. John Carney, postponed official action until this week so officials "can get a better handle on what’s going on in Delaware and around the country."
“Too many Delawareans and visitors are not following basic public health precautions," Carney said.
At the end of June, he also announced restrictions on parking at state beaches, as well as face covering requirements in public areas at the beach prior to the Fourth of July weekend. Those restrictions remain in place.
The state reported 12,414 total cases as of July 7, with 514 deaths.
– Jeff Neiburg and Meredith Newman, Delaware News Journal
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida surpassed 220,000. On June 26, the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced it would suspend on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. Bars will still be able to serve drinks in to-go containers.
Halsey Beshears, the department's secretary, said the action was taken because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and noncompliance by some businesses. Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to stay open. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis has not rolled back any other reopening plans.
– Jane Musgrave and Olivia Hitchcock, Palm Beach Post; Rachael Thomas, Treasure Coast Newsapers; Dave Osborn, Naples Daily News
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Gov. Brad Little announced that the state will remain in phase four of its reopening process through at least July 10 after a nearly monthlong spike in COVID-19 cases. Phase four allows visits to senior living facilities and corrections facilities, and it lets nightclubs and sporting venues open with limited capacity. It is the last stage before full reopening.
The state has reached a total of over 7,800 confirmed and probable cases as of July 7. It set a new single-day record of 448 new cases July 7.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a new stage of reopening will begin July 4.
Stage 4.5 will temporarily pause increases in capacity at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, among others.
"This virus is on the prowl," Holcomb said. "In some places it's gaining momentum. It's not slowing down."
The new stage is set to last through July 17. Under the governor's initial five-phase plan to reopen the state, Stage Five was set to begin in most of the state on July 4.
– Ethan May, Indianapolis Star
Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order that mandates masks in public spaces statewide in order to deal with an upward trend in new coronavirus cases.
Although Kelly’s mask mandate will require anyone in a public space where social distancing is not possible to wear a mask, counties have the ability to fight the order and not enforce it.
The mandate follows a recommendation June 22 that communities remain in phase three of reopening, which allows bars, nightclubs and personal care facilities such as nail salons and barber shops to remain open with reduced capacity. However, the governor cannot enforce this statewide.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 17,618 positive COVID-19 cases as of July 8. The agency has reported 282 deaths.
– India Yarborough and Brianna Childers, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Louisiana is approaching nearly 70,000 total coronavirus cases as the state's hospitalizations and ventilator use continued to rise. Officials reported a single-day COVID case surge of nearly 2,000 June 8, the fifth-highest total of the pandemic, while hospitalizations topped 1,000 for the first time since May 19.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a 28-day order June 23 to keep the state in phase two of reopening. That allows restaurants, malls, gyms, theaters, museums, bars and other businesses to operate at 50% capacity.
"The fact of the matter is we're not getting better; we're getting worse," Edwards said. "Before it gets out of control we have to get better compliance."
He also asked Louisianans to avoid large groups and remain home on the Fourth of July Holiday. He traces the origin of Louisiana's summer surge in cases and hospitalizations to Memorial Day.
– Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star
A week after Gov. Janet Mills indefinitely postponed the resumption of indoor bar service, she issued a mandate requiring restaurants, stores and other businesses in the city's southern and coastal regions to enforce mask-wearing.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Mills said that was necessary to deal with an uptick in cases in those areas after "they lifted restrictions dramatically."
More venues in the state, including movie theaters and museums, reopened July 1 as part of its third phase of reopening, with a 50-person cap and a checklist of requirements.
As of July 8, the state has registered a total of 3,460 cases and 110 deaths. No new deaths were reported.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 1 closed indoor bar service in south and central Michigan, saying it's needed to control an increase in the spread of the coronavirus.
Only in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula can indoor bar service remain open.
The governor also signed a package of bills allowing cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants, which she said would help these businesses serve more Michiganders.
– Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive Monday extending phase two of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan through the end of July. Churches, salons, bars and gyms, all at limited capacity, were part of the state's second phase.
The move fulfills a promise Sisolak made last week, when he announced a statewide mask-wearing mandate and said “any discussion of entering phase three will be tabled” until further notice.
The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 24,301 on July 8, with 553 deaths.
– Brett McGinness, Jenny Kane and Marcella Corona, Reno Gazette Journal
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state will pause the next phase in reopening businesses that have been closed or are operating under restrictions. The state would begin to enforce mask-wearing in public. Violators could be fined $100.
The state recorded 253 new COVID-19 cases on July 6, bringing the state's aggregate total to 13,507 cases. Of those, 5,902 COVID-19 cases — or about 44 percent — are designated as having recovered.
– Algernon D'Ammassa and Lucas Peerman, Las Cruces Sun-News
Face masks will be required outside under an order expected to be signed July 8 by Gov. Phil Murphy. The announcement of the expected new mandate comes just a couple days after Murphy said there should be a national requirement for facial coverings “certainly when you're going out."
This mandate follows a postponement on reopening indoor dining , a major blow to an industry that has struggled since the coronavirus outbreak began.
"It brings me no joy to do this, but we have no choice," he said.
— Terrence T. McDonald, NorthJersey.com
Gov. Roy Cooper moved to extend the state's current reopening phase for another three weeks, through July 17, rather than reopen further. The state is adding a new requirement that people wear face coverings in most public spaces.
Cooper announced he would not address reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, which had been planned Wednesday.
On July 8, North Carolina set the sixth straight day of record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 994 patients. The state registered 77,310 cases in total as of July 8.
– Todd Runkle and Mackenzie Wicker, Asheville Citizen Times; Brian Wicker, USA TODAY Network
Gov. Tom Wolf announced July 1 that masks are now mandatory "whenever anyone leaves home."
"Limited exceptions" will be permitted, and anyone found violating the order will "be tasked with education" by officials or law enforcement.
Pennsylvania is grappling with 92,148 cases after 849 cases were tacked on to the statewide total July 8, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The state's death toll stands at 6,812.
– Jasmine Vaughn-Hall, York Daily Record
Starting July 11, South Carolina's 8,000 restaurants, bars, breweries and other establishments will be ordered to stop serving alcohol after 11 p.m., Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday.
His executive order, which he called "the last call," will not affect the sale of beer, wine and liquor at grocery stores or convenience stores. Bars and restaurants that violate the order can lose their liquor licenses, McMaster said.
The move is meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state's under-40 population, which now accounts for more than half of the over 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
"We hope that this will help all of us, particularly the younger generations, to realize just how serious this virus is and how much is at stake if we don't see these infection rates start dropping," McMaster said.
— Nikie Mayo and Kirk Brown, Greenville News
Gov. Bill Lee granted authority July 3 to mayors in 89 counties in Tennessee to issue their own face mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise statewide. The move follows a record day-over-day increase after the state health department reported 1,822 new cases.
That comes days after Lee extended his state of emergency declaration on June 29, along with a host of other provisions that were set to expire this week.
Tennessee will remain in a state of emergency until at least Aug. 29, according to Lee's latest order. The order expanded access to telehealth services, allowed restaurants to offer take-out and delivery alcohol, and eased access to unemployment benefits.
Tennessee shattered its daily record for both new coronavirus infections and active infections on July 8.
The Tennessee Department of Health announced 2,472 new cases of coronavirus, along with 20 more deaths and 73 more hospitalizations. There are now 22,565 active cases in the state, the most since the pandemic began.
As of July 7, Tennessee has had at least 55,986 confirmed cases and 685 deaths.
– Joel Ebert and Brett Kelman, Nashville Tennessean
Rolling back an aggressive reopening process, Gov. Greg Abbott closed Texas bars and limited restaurant occupancy, leading to a lawsuit from a state group, and prohibited elective surgeries. He also issued a statewide mask order July 2, requiring Texans in counties with more than 20 positive COVID-19 cases to wear masks in public spaces.
Texas health officials reported 9,979 new COVID-19 cases, 98 additional deaths and 9,610 total hospitalizations July 8 — the latter two single-day records for the state amid a pandemic that is showing no sign of diminishing.
– Nicole Cobler, Austin American-Statesman
A week after mandating masks at all state facilities, troubling numbers prompted Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to require masks in regions of Utah that are home to several of the state’s famous national parks July 2. He announced a pause in reopening in June.
Utah had counted 26,675 cases total, with 1,678 hospitalizations and 201 deaths.
– The Spectrum
Though Gov. Ralph Northam announced July 1 the state would begin its third phase of reopening, he has decided to prohibit bar seating as of Wednesday.
Restaurants and bars may still be able to house guests as long as they're eating at tables 6 feet apart, according to a statement from the governor's office. “I am watching what is happening in other states — we are taking a cautious approach as we enter Phase Three and maintaining the current restrictions on bar areas,” Northam said in the release.
Phase three allows businesses to increase capacity to 75% and entertainment businesses to increase to 50%. As of July 8, Virginia has had more than 67,000 cases of COVID-19, with just over 6,600 total hospitalizations and more than 1,900 deaths.
Days after Gov. Jay Inslee delayed phase four of reopening amid a surge in coronavirus cases, he announced a short-term extension to the state's "Safe Start" emergency guidelines through at least July 8.
According to the Seattle Times, his announcement came "in anticipation of additional modifications" early next week.
As of July 1, 17 of Washington state’s 39 counties had moved into phase three of Inslee’s four-part coronavirus recovery plan, allowing for gatherings of no more than 50 people, resuming non-essential travel and reopening theaters, libraries and museums, among other businesses.
Washington has had nearly 38,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of July 6, according to a tally by the state's Department of Health.
– Austen Macalus, Kitsap Sun
Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote
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