CLOSE Got a minute? Here’s how you can help slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in under 60 seconds. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – In the absence of federal rules, the coronavirus pandemic has become a tale of 50 states – but they are far from united.If you live in Louisiana, the governor says stay home. In neighboring Arkansas, you can go out and gather together without restrictions.Kansas closed its public schools a week ago for the remainder of the school year. Next door in Nebraska and nearby in Iowa, no statewide orders were given.In Kentucky, bars, restaurants, gyms, spas, theaters, sports arenas, even hair and nail salons have been ordered shut. But those decisions are left to local officials in Tennessee.And while at least 11 states have moved their presidential primary elections, Wisconsin still plans to vote April 7, and hard-hit New York three weeks later.Governors and municipal government officials are playing an outsized role in the coronavirus crisis for at least two reasons: States enjoy broad autonomy under the Constitution – and the Trump administration has left most of the decision-making to them.”We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business,” the president said Sunday in defending his decision not to use the


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