Which State Lockdowns in the U.S. Have Been Extended?

Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has spread across the U.S., a number of states have extended their lockdown orders in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.

As of April 8, every U.S. state has reported confirmed coronavirus cases but the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place policies all came at different times. California was the first state to issue a stay-at-home order on March 19, while South Carolina was the most recent, issuing their statewide order on April 7. Some other states like Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska have yet to issue statewide stay-at-home orders.

New York

New York has become the epicenter for the U.S. pandemic. On March 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo imposed a statewide stay-at-home order which was set to last until April 15. This order was later extended on April 6 and will now last until April 29. The order includes closures of nonessential businesses and schools and increased the state's fine for violating social distancing policies from $500 to $1,000.

According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are over 151,000 cases in New York state and at least 6,268 deaths.

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Illinois

On March 31, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an extension to the statewide stay-at-home order. The order began on March 21 and was set to end on April 7, but the extension changes the order's end date to April 30. The extension includes the state's Disaster Proclamation and suspended in-person learning at schools across the state.

According to the tracker, there are over 15,000 confirmed cases in Illinois and at least 462 deaths.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an extension to the state's stay-at-home advisory on March 31. The advisory was set to expire on April 7, but it is now extended until May 4. The advisory includes closures of nonessential businesses and a ban on large public gatherings.

In Massachusetts, there are over 16,700 confirmed cases and at least 433 deaths.

Pennsylvania

On March 23, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order through April 6 for counties that had been severely impacted by the virus. However, on April 1, the governor extended the order to April 30 and to include all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians.

According to the tracker, there are over 16,700 confirmed cases and at least 319 deaths in Pennsylvania.

Colorado

On Monday, April 6, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced an extension to the statewide stay-at-home order. The order was set to expire on April 11 but was later moved to April 26. "The reason for the April 26 date is very simple: because the data and the science tells us that staying at home, it is our best chance, our only chance, to avoid a catastrophic loss of life," Polis said.

In Colorado, there are over 5,600 confirmed cases and at least 193 deaths.

Indiana

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb extended the state's stay-at-home order on April 3. The order was initially set to expire on April 6 but was extended until April 20. In the state, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and state parks remain open. Restaurants are required to offer take-out options only and residents are instructed to follow social distancing measures.

According to the tracker, there are over 5,900 confirmed cases and at least 203 deaths in Indiana.

Louisiana

On Monday, March 30, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced an extension to the state's stay-at-home order. The order was supposed to end on April 13 but was extended until April 30. The extension came as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise.

According to the tracker, there are over 17,000 confirmed cases and at least 652 deaths in the state.

New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state's stay-at-home order from the previous end date of April 10 to the new date of April 30. In addition to a later expiration date, the extension also included a limit on maximum occupancy in retail stores that qualify as essential businesses. The stores cannot exceed 20 percent of the occupancy limit determined by the state's fire marshal.

According to the tracker, there are over 970 confirmed cases and at least 16 deaths in New Mexico.

Ohio

On April 2, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an extension on the state's stay-at-home order. The order was previously set to expire on April 6 but was moved until May 1.

"This is a stay-at-home order, an essential business order and it will extend until May 1. This coincides with what we have done in regard to our schools," DeWine said. "Basically there's no way we'll be out of this by then."

In Ohio, there are over 5,100 coronavirus cases and at least 193 deaths, according to the tracker.

Washington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he was extending the state's stay-at-home order until May 4. A stay-at-home order was first imposed on March 23 and was set to expire on April 6, but Inslee noted that extending the order would help slow the spread of the virus in the state.

"Unless we continue a very vigorous social distancing program in my state, this is going to continue to spread like wildfire to every single corner of my state," Inslee said.

In Washington, there are over 9,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 432 deaths.

Georgia

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp recently announced a plan to extend the state's Public Health State of Emergency until May 13. The extension did not include the state's shelter-in-place order that is currently imposed and is set to expire on April 13.

"To ensure the health and well-being of Georgians, I will extend the public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020," Kemp said in a statement.

In Georgia, there are over 10,200 confirmed cases and at least 370 deaths.

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