Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Staying at Home and Social Distancing

New Mexico
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 256 per 100,000 — 21st highest (total: 5,364)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 11 per 100,000 — 20th highest (total: 231)
> Tests as of May 14: 5,489 per 100,000 — 5th highest (total: 115,011)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 13
> Population: 2,095,428

A stay-at-home order is in effect through May 15 at least. Gatherings of more than five people are not allowed. Some nonessential businesses and services, including retailers, will be allowed to reopen after that at 25% capacity. Large retailers will have a 20% capacity limit. Everyone has to wear masks in public. People traveling to the state must self-isolate. Restaurants and dine-in outlets may provide only curbside and delivery service. Offices can reopen at 25% capacity.

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New York
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 1,743 per 100,000 — the highest (total: 340,661)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 113 per 100,000 — the highest (total: 22,013)
> Tests as of May 14: 6,442 per 100,000 — 2nd highest (total: 1,258,907)
> Days between first case on 3/1/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/22/2020): 21
> Population: 19,542,209

The stay-at-home order will expire on May 15. Some restrictions remain in place, and social distancing restrictions remain in full force. The Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier regions will begin to reopen after meeting seven different criteria for reopening. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, have remained open. Construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail (for curbside pickup only), and agriculture, forestry, and fishing can resume operations. Drive-in movie theaters will be allowed to open as well. Gardeners and landscapers can resume work, too.

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North Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 159 per 100,000 — 15th lowest (total: 16,507)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 6 per 100,000 — 17th lowest (total: 615)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,112 per 100,000 — 19th lowest (total: 219,268)
> Days between first case on 3/3/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/30/2020): 27
> Population: 10,383,620

A modified stay-at-home order is in effect until May 22. A phased reopening of the economy has begun. When outside, people have to wear masks, wash their hands, and stay 6 feet apart. Retail businesses can open at 50% capacity. People can leave their homes to go to any business that is allowed to open. Bars, personal care businesses, gyms, restaurants, and movie theaters remain closed. Working from home is strongly encouraged. Summer day camps can open. Child care facilities will be open to serve families of parents who are working or looking for work. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.

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North Dakota
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 217 per 100,000 — 23rd lowest (total: 1,647)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 5 per 100,000 — 14th lowest (total: 40)
> Tests as of May 14: 6,439 per 100,000 — 3rd highest (total: 48,945)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 760,077

The state never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The order for all nonessential businesses to be closed ended on April 30. Some businesses, including movie theaters, gyms, salons, tattoo parlors, bars, and restaurants are allowed to open, but safety measures such as daily disinfection and limits on the number of customers remain in place. People entering North Dakota from another state or country who aren’t just passing through have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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Ohio
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 220 per 100,000 — 25th lowest (total: 25,721)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 13 per 100,000 — 17th highest (total: 1,483)
> Tests as of May 14: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/9/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/23/2020): 14
> Population: 11,689,442

The stay-at-home order has been extended until May 29, but some businesses have been allowed to reopen after May 1. Health procedures that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital may resume as well as dental and veterinary services. Movie theaters, gyms, and restaurants are allowed to reopen. Beginning on May 4, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses have been allowed to resume. Retail stores have been able to reopen after May 12. Face coverings are required.

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