WASHINGTON -- Though much of the coverage of the government shutdown has focused on the drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., the effects are being felt widely across the country.
Less than two full days in, thousands of National Guard members have been furloughed, scientific research has been halted, federal technicians have been forced off the job, and wildlife refuges have been closed.
In Idaho, a rescue mission in search of a missing Boise woman was put on hold because the workers conducting it were furloughed. In Arkansas, more than 85,000 meals for children were endangered because of cuts to nutritional programs. And in Connecticut, 13 Head Start programs serving 320 children were shut down.
Not all of those impacted by the partial closure of the federal government actually work for the federal government.
Michele Sturgeon, a private contractor with the CDC Foundation, was forced to stop her work on rotaviruses and forego a salary because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention supervisor who runs her project was furloughed.
"If my supervisor is not there, there is not work for me to do and I don’t get paid either," she told The Huffington Post. "Being a scientist I don’t get paid that much. I have two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. I owe in student loans three times what I make. I live paycheck to paycheck. This is not financially stable for me at all."
Nor has the fallout of the shutdown been confined to the United States. Kaitlyn Martin, a Numbered Air Force employee working at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, told The Huffington Post that the staff members who organize emergency travel in her office were furloughed and funds were made "unavailable for travel during the shutdown."
"The problem for us is not that we're out of work," she explained. "Many are still working, though will likely face late paychecks until a resolution is made. The problem is that life goes on, and many of the smaller services which keep things running have been cut off."
In an effort to understand the totality of the damage being inflicted by the government shutdown, The Huffington Post solicited reader feedback and surveyed hundreds of local news outlets in all 50 states. The results of our search -- illustrating a nation under shutdown -- are below.
- The Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega was closed.
- More than 30 people looking to raft on the Colorado river were turned away.
- More than 85,000 meals for Arkansas children were at risk of being ended. Some 2,000 newborn babies woud potentially not receive infant formula.
- The Clinton Presidential Center closed permanent exhibits to walk-in visitors.
- Federal workers earning $11,000-a-year to work at a shelter in Little Rock were forced to work without pay.
- 500 civilian employees were furloughed at Dover Air Force Base.
- 3,100 civilian workers at Fort Stewart were told to stay home on furlough.
- Seventy-five percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 13,000 workers have been furloughed. Researchers have had to halt their studies.
- Medical aid and cash assistance for refugees settled in the state have been frozen.
- 850 of the state's National Guard's civilian workers (half of the total staff) were furloughed.
- Attorneys were expected to file motions to temporarily halt court proceedings in environmental lawsuits, tort cases and other civil matters.
- A rescue mission for a missing Boise woman was put on hold Tuesday because workers were furloughed. On Wednesday, Idaho officials announced that they were able to get more boots on the ground to help with the search.
- Hoosier National Forest closed campgrounds and furloughed 45 staffers.
- A cafeteria in an Iowa federal office building usually has 500 to 600 customers a day. There were 200 on Tuesday.
- The Kentucky National Guard furloughed 1,300 employees.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s director for Maine closed his city office.
- Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation received roughly 4,000 applications for unemployment benefits because of workers being furloughed.
- Firefighters were forced to move a memorial service for a colleague killed in the line of duty.
- State officials estimated that the shutdown would cost them $18 million a day.
- 450 of the Vicksburg District's 1,100 federal employees were expected to be furloughed.
- The Bozeman Fish Technology Center, the Bozeman Fish Health Center, the Creston National Fish Hatchery, the hatchery in Ennis and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Billings all closed.
- Glacier and Yellowstone national parks were closed to visitors. Those already at the parks were told to leave by Thursday.
- The commodity supplemental food program was shut down and food is not being distributed.
- More than half the 6,700 civilian workers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have been furloughed.
- In New York City, as many as 50,000 federal employees are likely to be hurt by the shutdown.
- The Department of Health and Human Services told 337 employees in the state not to show up for work Wednesday.
- The North Dakota National Guard furloughed 430 of its employees.
- The acting superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park wrote 40 furlough notices for his workers on Tuesday, and the one for himself.
- Officials at Tinker Air Force Base estimated that 2,900 of 14,000 civilian employees were furloughed.
- Several federal offices in Portland, including the Department of Interior, USDA, GSA and EPA, were closed.
- Approximately 1,200 federal technicians for the S.C. National Guard were furloughed.
- A man tried to pay his mother's tax bill at the IRS but the IRS office was closed.
- The U.S. Forest Service in Rutland was closed.
- Roughly 3,600 people were furloughed at the Navy shipyard in Norfolk.
- A trip to Washington, D.C., that eighth graders from Washington state had spent more than a year raising money for became a "huge disappointment" due to closures.
- 1150 national guard employees were furloughed. "I mean we've got folks that aren't going to get paid. They are going home. And some of them have just come back from war," said Major General James Hoyer, state adjutant general.
- The state's Hunger Task Force said it would lose out on 217,000 pounds of food it receives every two weeks from the federal government if the shutdown lasts into mid-October.
- Oil and gas leases between private companies and public lands were halted in the state.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as in Delaware. It is in Pennsylvania.