Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: February 10, 2021

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The next 24 hours

What is changing in the next 24 hours?

  • Connecticut (Democratic trifecta): Individuals age 65 and older can register for vaccination appointments starting Feb. 11. Currently, only people age 75 and older are eligible for vaccinations.
  • Massachusetts (divided government): On Feb. 10, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced that caregivers who accompany an individual age 75 and older to get vaccinated at a mass vaccination site can schedule their appointment on the same day beginning Thursday, Feb. 11. Baker also announced two new mass vaccination sites in Natick and Dartmouth.

Since our last edition

What rules and restrictions are changing in each state? For a continually updated article, click here.

  • Arizona (Republican trifecta): Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced the state is partnering with the University of Arizona to operate a vaccination site, starting Feb. 18. Registration will open on Feb. 16. At full capacity, the site will be able to distribute 6,000 vaccines daily. 
  • Indiana (Republican trifecta): On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the state House voted 69-27 to prohibit the governor from placing restrictions on houses of worship during states of emergency. Republicans hold a 71-29 majority in the chamber, and three voted against the bill. Four Democrats sided with Republicans to vote in favor of it. The bill would also prohibit local health authorities from imposing regulations that exceed those established by the state unless approved by local elected officials. The Senate will next take up the bill.       
  • Louisiana (divided government): Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) extended the state’s modified Phase 2 reopening through March 3. The modified phase limits restaurants, retailers, gyms, personal care businesses, and movie theaters to 50% capacity. Bars must close indoor service if their parish has a positivity rate greater than 5%. Bars that are permitted to open for indoor service are limited to 25% capacity. All indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25% capacity or a maximum of 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors.
  • New Hampshire (Republican trifecta): On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Gov. Chris Sununu (R) announced a new partnership with Walgreens pharmacies to distribute vaccines at 34 locations.
  • North Carolina (divided government): On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the state Senate voted 29-15 to advance a bill that would require school districts to provide the option of in-person instruction for all students. Families would be able to choose remote instruction. Republicans hold a 28-22 advantage in the Senate. No Republicans opposed the bill, and one Democrat voted in favor of it. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. 
  • Oregon (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced that effective Feb. 12-25, 14 counties will be in the state’s Extreme Risk level, 11 will be at High Risk, three will be at Moderate Risk, and eight will have Lower Risk restrictions. In the current period from Jan. 29 – Feb. 11, 25 counties are in the state’s Extreme Risk level, two are at High Risk, two are at Moderate Risk, and seven have Lower Risk restrictions. To see restrictions in a specific county or risk level, click here.