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April 27, 2020

Tools To Help Track U.S. States’ COVID-19 Efforts

As Connecting the Dots has noted previously, while the U.S. government has provided ample guidance about actions governors should take in the face of COVID-19, it is the chief executives in each state who will decide when to open their respective state’s economy. Indeed, a handful of Georgia and Nebraska, already are taking moves to bring nonessential employees back to work in late April or early May.

To attempt to guide these efforts, on April 22, the National Governors Association (NGA) released its Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors. This document outlines ten key steps and related operational considerations for governors to guide critical decisions in support of the public’s health and well-being in the weeks and months ahead. Like federal guidance, the NGA’s document is merely a suggestion for governors to take into account. CNN is working to track all states’ reopening plans. That news is available here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has developed an Essential Workforce Tracker for monitoring state orders impacting critical infrastructure and critical functions. Thomas has a list here.

Thomas also is tracking all state tax relief and loan programs available to small businesses. Click here to review that information.