Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation directing Texas counties to designate just one location for ballot drop-offs and allowing political parties to install poll watchers to observe the process.
California’s larger counties will not be permitted to reopen their economies further unless they reduce coronavirus infections in the hardest hit places where the poor, Black people, Latinos and Pacific Islanders live.
Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to mass-pardon 2,732 convictions of low-level marijuana possession through an executive order, after signing a bill earlier this year that gave him that authority. Polis’ pardon will only apply to convictions in state courts through 2012 of up to 1 ounce for recreational use.
The number of coronavirus patients in New Mexico hospitals has climbed 30% over the last week, a sign of the increased spread of the disease. Hospitalizations are trending up in every part of the state.
The Arizona Department of Health Services said the milestone reflected the “continuing decline of COVID-19’s community spread across Arizona.” To reopen, businesses have to submit an online attestation stating they are following public health protocols and guidelines including occupancy limits, a mask requirement and steps to prevent groups from congregating.
With the average daily coronavirus caseload going up and hospital numbers painting an unpleasant picture, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, announced that the state will remain in Stage 4 of the state’s pandemic reopening plan — the eighth