(USA Features) Nine governors still have not issued statewide “stay-at-home” orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new analysis, but they are also not experiencing a high level of infection, either.
On Friday, the governors of Missouri and Alabama became the latest officials to issue stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus outbreaks, but governors in Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas and South Carolina have note, the Washington Times reported, citing a New York Times analysis.
President Donald Trump has also avoided issuing a nationwide shutdown order, allowing state leaders to make that decision on their own.
“The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety,” said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who said that both her state’s and the U.S. constitutions “prevent us from taking draconian measures much like the Chinese government has done,” according to CNN.
Other governors, such as Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, say their decisions not to impose a statewide lockdown order are based not on the advice of national health leaders but rather those in their own states.
Also, the states in question are not experiencing mass outbreaks. For example, as of this writing, South Dakota has only seen 212 coronavirus outbreaks, while Nebraska has seen 323.
Other states have seen more, like Utah, which has seen about 1,450 cases. But they are largely rural in nature and do not have an abundance of densely-populated cities.
The stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama begins Saturday at 5 p.m. and lasts until Thursday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s shelter-in-place mandate will go into effect on Monday at 12:01 a.m. and run until Friday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m.
“There comes a time when we have to make major sacrifices in our lives. Many of us make sacrifices each and every day, but now more than ever, we must all make sacrifices,” Mr. Parson said. “This is not about any one individual person. This is about our families, friends, neighbors, and the entire state of Missouri. For the sake of all Missourians, be smart, be responsible, and stay home, Missourians.”