Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina and Utah Have No Statewide Stay-at-Home Orders As Their Coronavirus Cases Reach 1,000

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he has no plans to issue a national stay-at-home order as he believes that the virus affects each state differently and so the decision should be left to governors.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force, said all states should implement stay-at-home orders to delay the spread of coronavirus.

The states that have yet to implement a statewide stay-at-home order are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Four of those states, based on figures from Johns Hopkins University, each have more than 1,000 cases. Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, and Utah, all have more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 but have yet to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.


Alabama reported its first case of the coronavirus on March 13. At the time of writing Alabama has 1,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 32 deaths.

In a tweet, Democratic Senator Doug Jones urged Republican Governor Kay Ivey to issue a stay-at-home order: "Folks, we are facing a health care crisis here in Alabama. I am urging our state officials to send a clear message to folks by issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, so we can beat this virus and get our economy back on track."

Montgomery Alabama
Exterior view of a Captain D's advertising alternate methods of ordering during the coronavirus outbreak on March 23, 2020, in Montgomery, Alabama. Taylor Hill/Getty


Missouri reported its first case on March 7 and has 1,834 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths at the time of writing.

Kansas City and St. Louis have issued stay-at-home orders, and now the local governments of smaller counties are also telling residents to only leave their homes for essential reasons. However, Missouri has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

On Thursday, Republican Governor Mike Parson tweeted: "Day in and day out, we are working around the clock to respond and adapt to COVID-19 in every way possible. I am in constant communication with leaders and medical experts across the state on a daily basis."

South Carolina

South Carolina reported its first coronavirus case on March 6, and has since had 1,554 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths.

On Tuesday, Republican Governor Henry McMaster ordered non-essential businesses to close from Wednesday and has ordered visitors of South Carolina from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Orleans to quarantine for 14 days.

However, state representative Seth Rose has called for South Carolina to implement a statewide order, telling WIS News: "As we baby step towards what needs to be done, according to experts, to slow the spread of this virus and to protect the citizens of South Carolina, I don't understand why he hasn't taken that step and told the citizens under the force of law you must stay at home."


Utah reported its first case of coronavirus on February 25, and now has 1,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths.

While Republican Governor Gary Herbert has not issued an official order, on March 27, Gov. Herbert launched a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive to Utah residents, which would last for two weeks.

In a statement, the directive was described as being different from a shelter-in-place order as it stated that only essential businesses could remain open and that it would not use law enforcement penalties.

However, Mayor Jenny Wilson, who has issued a stay-at-home order in Salt Lake County, has called for an official stay-at-home order in Utah, saying in a press conference: "I believe the number is 38 states have now gone to an entire state order, and I think it's time [in Utah].

"I fear that as cases increase, if we don't social distance in rural communities and other places, that those hospitals will be overwhelmed."

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

• Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
• Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
• Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

• Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
• Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
• If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
• Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
• Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

• Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
• Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
• Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
• Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
• Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
• Do not reuse single-use masks.
• Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
• The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.