The path to beating the coronavirus was clear, but Kelley Vollmar had never felt so helpless.

In their hurry to get back to business, many governors moved swiftly to reopen and balked at ordering new closures, sometimes ignoring the pleas of local health boards and mayors, according to interviews with health officials and a review of thousands of records obtained under public records law by The New York Times and other groups, such as Accountable. US and the Documenting COVID-19 public record project.