State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions
Published: Jan 25, 2022
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In the face of another surge in COVID-19 cases, some states are requiring certain workers to be vaccinated or comply with mask and COVID-19 testing requirements. The map and tables below show which states have adopted mandates and which populations are subject to the mandates.
COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, as of January 25, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, as of January 11, 2022
With COVID-19 cases surging as schools reopen for the 2021-2022 school year, some states have reinstated face mask requirements in schools and/or are requiring school personnel to be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Also, while most states allow local school districts to make decisions regarding whether to require in-person instruction or provide a hybrid or virtual learning environment for the current school year, some states are requiring in-person or hybrid instruction.
School Policies for 2021-2022 School Year, as of January 25, 2022
States have take a number of actions to respond to the pandemic, including declaring a state of emergency, requiring face masks in certain settings, and adopting social distancing measures, such as imposing mandatory stay at home orders, closing or limiting capacity at non-essential businesses, restaurants, and bars, and limiting large gatherings. The map and table provide information on statewide face mask requirements, whether an emergency declaration is currently in effect, and whether there are social distancing restrictions in place. The information includes only mandates ordered by a state’s executive branch (not state legislature). The authority of governors to issue such mandates varies by state.
State Social Distancing Actions, as of January 25, 2022
Throughout the pandemic, many states implemented policies to increase access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, as well as facilitate continued management of other health conditions. A number of states also responded to the pandemic by expanding access to telehealth services. The tables below provide information on actions ever taken by a state’s executive branch (not the state legislature) during the pandemic. In some cases, the requirements are no longer in effect. The actions pertain only to state-regulated private plans and do not include self-insured employer plans or public plans such as Medicare and Medicaid.
State Health Policy Actions During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
This tool was developed by Jennifer Tolbert, Cornelia Hall, Kendal Orgera, Natalie Singer, Salem Mengistu, Marina Tian, Amrutha Ramaswamy, and Sophia Moreno.