On April 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an extension to the statewide disaster emergency originally declared at the beginning of March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The executive order, titled “Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency,” maintains the disaster emergency, and all subsequent executive orders issued to combat the coronavirus outbreak, until May 7, 2020. The order also requires that medical equipment—such as ventilators and respirators—held by any entity in the state be reported to the New York Department of Health. The Department of Health is authorized to distribute the medical equipment to where it is most urgently needed.
So far, 43 states have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to residents. Seven of those orders are set to last until modified or rescinded by the governor, while the other 36 announced end dates.
Although the names of the orders—shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, stay home, stay safe—vary from state to state, they include at least two common elements: the closure of nonessential businesses and requesting all residents to stay home except for essential trips.