Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: January 20, 2021

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  • Connecticut (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced Phase 1b of the vaccination plan will be rolled out in tiers. Individuals age 75 and older started making appointments Jan. 18. The next group will be individuals between the ages of 65 and 74. The final group in the phase will be essential frontline workers and people with high-risk underlying conditions.
  • Delaware (Democratic trifecta): The state began Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution plan on Jan. 19. The phase prioritizes individuals age 65 and older. School staff and childcare workers are scheduled to become eligible for the vaccine the week of Jan. 25. 
  • Massachusetts (divided government): On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced that Fenway Park will join Gillette Stadium as a mass vaccination site on Feb. 1. Baker said up to 500 people a day will receive vaccines when the site opens. Baker announced the first mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 12.
  • Montana (Republican trifecta): Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) moved the state into Phase 1B of vaccine distribution on Jan. 19. The phase includes individuals age 70 and older, people with high-risk medical conditions, and “Native Americans and other persons of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications.”
  • New Jersey (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Phil Murphy (D) extended the state’s coronavirus emergency order through Feb. 18.
  • Tennessee (Republican trifecta): On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Gov. Bill Lee (R) extended and modified an order that restricts spectators at school sporting events through Feb. 27. The new order prohibits bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams from attending games. 
  • Wisconsin (divided government): On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued two coronavirus executive orders. The first renews the statewide public health emergency related to the pandemic, while the second extends the statewide mask mandate through March 20. 
  • West Virginia (Republican trifecta): On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced that all residents 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.