ALABAMA Montgomery: A multiday increase in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state showed no signs of slowing Monday, as a record high of 1,335 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 infections, and 1,860 people were newly diagnosed. The state’s sevenday average of new cases reached its highest peak yet at 1,484.
ALASKA Kenai: The Kenai Peninsula Fair scheduled for Aug. 14-16 has been canceled due to safety concerns surrounding the pandemic, its board of directors announced on Facebook.
ARIZONA Phoenix: The state on Tuesday tallied thousands more confirmed COVID-19 cases as it again reported an all-time high in hospitalizations due to the disease. Arizona’s death toll from COVID-19 rose to 2,337 with 92 additional deaths reported Tuesday.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: David Pryor, a former governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said Monday.
CALIFORNIA Sacramento: As the coronavirus swept the state with renewed ferocity, the governor once again closed bars, inside dining and, for much of the state, gyms, indoor church services, and hair and nail salons in an effort to prevent COVID-19 cases from swamping hospitals. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping set of closures Monday as the state recorded more than 329,000 cases and deaths topped 7,000.
COLORADO Denver: Cannabis sales in the state set a new monthly record in May, reaching their highest level since broad legalization in 2014. Colorado dispensaries were deemed essential businesses during the early days of the pandemic.
CONNECTICUT Hartford: The state’s chief epidemiologist said Monday that he expects there will eventually be a resurgence of COVID-19 in Connecticut, but the severity will depend upon how much people continue to practice social distancing measures, such as wearing masks and avoiding large groups of people indoors.
DELAWARE Georgetown: Nearly one-third of the 973 inmates held at Sussex Correctional Institution have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials confirmed Monday.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that D.C. has seen zero new deaths from the coronavirus for four consecutive days, WUSA-TV reports.
FLORIDA Fort Lauderdale: The state’s rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases is turning Miami into the “epicenter of the pandemic,” a top doctor warned Monday, while an epidemiologist called the region’s situation “extremely grave.”
GEORGIA Atlanta: Public health investigators are reaching a smaller share of people who may be infected as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state rises, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper finds contact tracers interviewed 37% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 between June 23 and July 8, down from 60% between May 15 and June 22.
HAWAII Honolulu: Public schools across the state are expected to offer a combination of on-campus and online education models mixing schedules and student body sizes to reduce health threats from the coronavirus pandemic.
IDAHO Boise: A man was charged with five felonies after he allegedly fled from authorities and shot a police officer twice after being pulled over on a stolen motorcycle.
ILLINOIS Chicago: The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, slated for Oct. 11, has been canceled due to health concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers and others during the pandemic, organizers said Monday.
INDIANA Indianapolis: More cities have decided to impose mask mandates as health officials reported the state’s most hospitalizations of people with coronavirus-related illnesses in nearly a month. West Lafayette’s mayor announced an immediate requirement Monday that face coverings be worn inside all places of business open to the public, all city facilities, public transportation and high-density workplaces. A mask requirement announced by Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is scheduled to take effect Wednesday.
IOWA Fort Dodge: Pathologists will determine whether coronavirus killed an inmate in the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, officials said, as the state deals with increasing numbers of people with the virus.
KANSAS Wichita: The mayor is warning that the city’s hospitals could hit capacity this month as the number of COVID-19 patients soars.
KENTUCKY Frankfort: Having lost another round in legal fights over some of his coronavirus-related actions, Kentucky’s governor signaled Monday that he’s ready for the state’s highest court to settle the disputes. Gov. Andy Beshear’s comments came after a state appeals court judge kept in place lower court rulings blocking some of his executive orders dealing with crowd sizes amid the pandemic.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: State Attorney General Jeff Landry was quarantining Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus, though his spokesman said the Republican has no symptoms of COVID-19.
MAINE Augusta: State Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Sara Gideon proposed Tuesday that lawmakers return for a special session next month. The Legislature adjourned March 17 in response to the pandemic.
MARYLAND Annapolis: The deadline for the state’s residents to enroll in a health care plan is at hand under two special enrollment programs that run through Wednesday. Maryland reopened the Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period. A separate program enables tax filers the option to share information with the state’s health exchange to see if they are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: Public school teachers across the state are asking for a phased-in approach to the reopening of schools this fall.
MICHIGAN Grand Ledge: A man was fatally shot Tuesday by a sheriff’s deputy after stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask, police said.
MINNESOTA Duluth: Duluth and Minnetonka are the latest cities to mandate face coverings. Council members from both communities passed the requirement Monday.
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: A mask mandate and other restrictions took effect Monday in 13 of Mississippi’s 82 counties as the state continues to see a rapid increase in cases of the new coronavirus, including a steady rise in hospital patients. “This is the worst that it’s ever been for spread of cases in our state,” Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said.
MISSOURI St. Charles: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus is rising sharply in some areas near St. Louis, and hospitalizations are starting to increase too. Data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force shows the seven-day average for coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the region is 28, the highest since mid-May. St. Charles County is emerging as a new hot spot, said Dr. Alex Garza of the pandemic task force.
MONTANA Billings: Visitation to Yellowstone National Park was down 32% in June compared to the same month last year amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, the last 10 days of the month saw visitation rates that ranged between 90% and 116% of 2019 numbers, the Billings Gazette reports.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: The state Supreme Court has rejected a petition to grant all 2020 law graduates a license to practice without taking the bar exam. The petition, filed Friday, sought the change in light of the risk posed by law school graduates congregating in one place to take the exam during the pandemic, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
NEVADA Las Vegas: Southern Nevada health officials reported 1,021 new COVID-19 cases in Clark County on Monday – the most ever recorded in a single day.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Portsmouth: The city is moving toward requiring the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The City Council voted 9-0 in favor of a mask mandate resolution Monday night and will meet with the city attorney later this week to write a formal ordinance.
NEW JERSEY Trenton: Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday shot down the prospect of fining travelers from COVID-19 hot spots if they don’t provide contact information to health officials.
NEW YORK New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte: The mayor said she would support banning alcohol sales after 10 p.m. in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Health officials on Monday reported a record number of hospitalizations in the state due to the coronavirus. New diagnoses also reached a new high Monday, The Bismarck Tribune reports.
OHIO Cincinnati: Complaints about maskless people have started to roll into local health departments. But information and action by local authorities are scarce even as cases of COVID-19 spike throughout the state.
OKLAHOMA Norman: Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies at the University of Oklahoma are moving to 2021. OU announced Tuesday that it would postpone in-person graduations to May of next year. The university honored spring graduates this year with a virtual ceremony.
OREGON Salem: Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced two new statewide COVID-19 safety mandates: a ban on indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people and a requirement that people wear face coverings outside if they can not socially distance.
PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg: The state recorded more than 900 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, though health officials said nearly a quarter of those were the result of a delay in lab reporting.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: The state has moved past the worst of the coronavirus economic downtown, but it may be years before things get back to what is considered normal, University of Rhode Island economist Len Lardaro said. “For Rhode Island, we weren’t doing terribly well before the pandemic hit,” he said Monday.
SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: City officials delayed action Monday night on a measure that could have prohibited festivals and large public gatherings for the rest of the summer. City Council members had questions about how much flexibility was in the proposal, as well as how it could affect alcohol licensing at events.
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Health officials on Monday said they have not seen an uptick in community spread of the coronavirus after thousands of people gathered for Independence Day celebrations in the western part of the state.
TENNESSEE Nashville: The state reported a record number of new virus cases Monday with 3,314, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. That brings the total number of active cases in Tennessee to more than 65,000.
TEXAS Austin: The state continued to report more than 10,000 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday as Texas tries containing the spread in what has become one of America’s biggest hot zones.
UTAH Salt Lake City: Federal inmates have sued officials who run an Ogden jail, alleging a failure to adequately protect them from the coronavirus. Six people charged with federal crimes and held at Weber County Jail filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday, asking for more inmates be released to home confinement and for extra health measures, such as mandating masks and providing hygiene supplies. The lawsuit comes as the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and other groups have protested the jail’s handling of an outbreak that’s led 114 inmates to test positive for COVID-19.
VERMONT Manchester: The Vermont Health Department is reporting 30 possible cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the city.
VIRGINIA Richmond: U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. The Republican congressman, who represents southwest Virginia, said he learned Tuesday that he’d tested positive. He said he does not have “significant” symptoms and is self-isolating.
WASHINGTON Olympia: Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting an extension of the state National Guard’s call to continue their work on missions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
WEST VIRGINIA Morgantown: Gov. Jim Justice moved Monday to close bars in the state’s largest college town and reimpose restrictions on large gatherings as coronavirus cases rise to record levels. Justice ordered bars in Monongalia County to close at midnight for 10 days as the county, which includes West Virginia University, reports a quarter of the state’s active virus cases, largely driven by people in their 20s. The Republican governor also reinstated a 25-person limit on crowd sizes throughout the state, effectively canceling fairs, concerts and festivals, though he said sporting events and swimming pools can continue to operate.
WISCONSIN Milwaukee: Wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be mandatory in the city under an ordinance approved Monday by the City Council. The council also unanimously adopted a separate proposal to provide free masks to city residents.
WYOMING Laramie: The University of Wyoming expects about 1,900 fewer students to enroll in the upcoming semester than in fall 2019, officials said. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a depressed energy sector in Wyoming are the overwhelming factors for students choosing not to return, said Vice President for Finance and Administration Neil Theobald.