Reports: Majority of States Have Shrinking Coronavirus Infections, Half Ditch Masks


USA Today and a labor and employment law website collected data from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico revealing that 39 states have shrinking coronavirus infections and 25 states have lifted statewide mask mandates.

The reports also reveal more than a political divide. Littler, a legal firm, took a deep dive into the numbers that show conflicts between the state governments and local jurisdictions. Many of the states rely on ever-changing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, recently tightened restrictions — North Carolina, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Louisiana, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington.

Of those states, only three — New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington — have slightly elevated levels of infections, according to the data.

Littler described the information this way: