The CovidDocs project aims to collect all of the state-level communications since January 1, 2020---even ones that are not explicitly related to COVID-19---in order to ensure a comprehensive dataset. For example, some of the earliest impacts of the pandemic can be seen in changes to trucking regulations, which in and of themselves don’t explicitly mention coronavirus but indicate socio-economic changes that may be relevant for pandemic researchers. Example documents include executive orders, public health orders, emergency declarations, and other guidance documents. Thus far a total of over 7000 documents have been collected from all 50 states.
For each document, the metadata identifies the state, the date of issue, the effective date, the expiration date, and some indicators of how the document affects widely-used non-pharmaceutical interventions. These interventions include social distancing, limiting gathering sizes, stay at home orders, face coverings, elections, or restrictions on schools, businesses, parks, and recreation. There is also metadata indicating whether each document is explicitly related to the pandemic.