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Wash. Gov. Inslee: We're in This Together - Washington State to Send Ventilators
OLYMPIA, Washington, April 6 -- Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Washington, issued the following news release:

Gov. Jay Inslee, recognizing the dire situation in other states, announced the state of Washington will return more than 400 ventilators received from the Strategic National Stockpile to the SNS inventory to help states facing higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

"These ventilators are going to New York and others states hardest hit by this virus," Inslee said. "I've said many times over the last few weeks, we are in this together. This should guide all of our actions at an individual and state level ... Show Full Article

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Religious Leaders Encourage Alternate Forms of Religious Gatherings
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 6 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release:

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- Stay-at-home order updated to reflect need to limit in-person religious gatherings

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Governor Tom Wolf and religious leaders from across the commonwealth are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings.

Gov. Wolf and Department of Health Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine updated the stay-at-home order guidance to reflect the need for further guidance for religious gatherings.

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N.M. Gov. Grisham: Updated New Mexico COVID-19 Cases - Now at 624, One Additional Death
SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 6 -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release on April 5:

New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

* 21 new cases in Bernalillo County

* 2 new cases in Cibola County

* 6 new cases in Dona Ana County

* 1 new case in Los Alamos County

* 9 new cases in McKinley County

* 1 new case in Otero County

* 34 new cases in Sandoval County

* 4 new cases in Santa Fe County

* 1 new case in Socorro County

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Coronavirus Update: W.Va. Gov. Justice Expands Executive Order to Additional Counties to Further Protect West Virginians
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, April 6 -- Gov. Jim Justice, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release on April 4:

Gov. Jim Justice announced tonight at 9:45 p.m. that he has signed an Executive Order for Monongalia, Harrison, and Kanawha counties as COVID-19 continues to spread. This Executive Order expands the order issued last evening for Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties.

Click here to view the Executive Order. (https://governor.wv.gov/Documents/2020%20Executive%20Orders/SKM_C335120040508170.pdf)

"Right now, 38% of the COVID-19 positive cases in West Virginia are in these three ... Show Full Article

Ark. Gov. Hutchinson Issues Executive Order Requiring New Protocols for Commercial Lodgings, Short-Term Rentals
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, April 6 -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued an executive order mandating new safety measures for commercial lodgings, short-term rentals, and other institutions and operations in order to protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis, he announced at a news conference.

"Every day, we review guidance from state and federal health experts and evaluate additional steps we can take to protect Arkansans from the spread of COVID-19," Governor Hutchinson said. "I am grateful that Arkansans have taken extraordinary ... Show Full Article

Ariz. Gov. Ducey: President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Arizona
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 6 -- Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 4:

Governor Doug Ducey announced that President Trump in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Arizona's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state. The declaration makes available additional federal assets and resources to aid Arizona's COVID-19 response efforts.

Governor Ducey wrote a letter to President Trump on April 1 requesting the disaster declaration.

"I'm grateful to President Trump for approving Arizona's request and for the ... Show Full Article

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Announces 1,000 Ventilators Donated to New York State
ALBANY, New York, April 6 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release:

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 1,000 ventilators have been donated to New York by the Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated one million surgical masks, one million KN95 masks and more than 100,000 pairs of goggles to the state. The Chinese government and Ambassador Huang Ping, Chinese Consul General, have facilitated these donations. The ventilators arrived at JFK Airport.

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