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States Respond to COVID-19: Emergency Declarations; Va. Equity Dashboards

As states begin to lift COVID-19 restrictions, several also are choosing to lift their emergency declarations for the pandemic that have been in place for longer than a year.

These states have a deadline in place or already have lifted their state of emergency:

  • expired before 2021: Michigan;
  • expired March 2021: Wisconsin;
  • expired April 2021: Alaska, North Dakota;
  • expiring May 2021: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C.;
  • expiring June 2021: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Vermont;
  • expiring July 2021: Alabama; and
  • expiring August 2021: Missouri.

These states have emergency declarations in place until further notice: Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Virginia Launches First Statewide Health Equity Dashboards in U.S.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced the launch of Virginia’s statewide health equity dashboards, providing snapshots of the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and making key data more accessible.

Created by the Virginia Health Equity Leadership Taskforce, in partnership with several state agencies, the two dashboards — Equity in Action and Equity at a Glance — aim to improve transparency. The Equity in Action page represents the progress Virginia made during the COVID-19 pandemic to advance equity in distribution and access to services. The Equity at a Glance page is an assessment of social determinants of health and other factors contributing to health equity.

As the state works to better serve the most marginalized communities and combat structural racism, the dashboards will bring additional visibility to these issues.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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