Governors often get overlooked in national news coverage and can get lost in the electoral shuffle, especially during presidential years. But as the COVID19 pandemic has spread across the U.S. and the world — and threatens to get much worse before things even start to get better — it's governors who have been at the forefront of efforts to curb its spread, especially in contrast to the White House's delayed actions.
Both Republican and Democratic governors have stood out for enforcing early stay-at-home orders and school closures to slow community spread and for sometimes sparring with President Trump over getting more personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel, additional ventilators and expedited coronavirus test kits.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine won plaudits for his early actions in taking the deadly virus seriously, as did Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Briefings by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who was just elected last November, have also become must-see events for state residents.
Some of those more aggressive efforts have stood in stark
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