As of this writing, COVID-19 has caused 48 of the 50 United States to declare public emergencies at the state level to some degree or another. Only Oklahoma and West Virginia have yet to make such a declaration. In each of the states, the public emergency declaration gives the governments additional tools, flexibility and power to respond to new developments in the fight to contain the coronavirus. Washington State in the Pacific Northwest was the first to declare a public emergency. It is arguably the state most severely impacted by the virus as well with 3 deaths attributed to the virus in February and 66 reported across the state through Wednesday of this week. New York State, which earlier this week surpassed Washington as the state with the most confirmed Covid-19 cases, enacted broad legislation extending paid sick leave benefits during the coronavirus crisis to all employees as Congress was passing the new federal law. This paid sick leave in the Empire State is determined by employer size and revenue and it can be taken for illness or quarantine or isolation orders issued by any New York government entity. In Massachusetts, the emergency declaration paved the way for the launch of the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund, a $10 million fund that will provide up to $75,000 loans to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Loans from the fund are immediately available with no payments due for six months. Likewise, the public emergency declared in Florida gave birth to the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program, where small business owners with between 2 and 100 employees can apply for short-term interest-free loans up to $50,000. $50 million has thus far been allocated for the program. Similarly, the Delaware declaration led to the launch of the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP), which will offer interest-free loans up to $10,000 per business per month to help cover rent, utilities and other unavoidable costs.