COVID-19 US State Policy Database

The Health and Retirement Study Contextual Data Resource (HRS-CDR) is a collection of user-friendly datasets that enable researchers to study the impact of place on health and well-being among HRS respondents.

This HRS-CDR data product was created by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health.

The COVID-19 US State Policy Database (CUSP) contains state-wide policies related to COVID-19 mitigation and control, including stay at home orders, closing of non-essential businesses, and school closures. The database also contains policies that aim to protect vulnerable populations from the wide range of health and economic consequences of the pandemic, including changes to Medicaid, eviction freezes, and changes to unemployment insurance. For each policy in question, research assistants collect the date it went into effect in each state based on executive orders, mandates, and/or press releases.

Product Details

Product Type
HRS Contextual Data Resource Series
Latest Release June 2020 (version date 20200519)
Documentation and Links
  1. HRS Contextual Data Resources are available only to users of the MiCDA Enclave.
  2. The geographic information contained in the merged dataset is not included in any HRS public file and may not be merged with any other Restricted Data Set without the explicit written permission of HRS