North Carolina among least aggressive against COVID-19

Adam McCann, Financial Writer, WalletHub |

North Carolina, with 297 cases as of the morning of March 24, 2020, ranking it 19th among states with the most COVID-19 cases, ranked 40th in a comparison of states taking aggressive action against the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, the primary way that coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads is through close interaction with other people. If people come into contact with droplets exhaled or coughed out by infected people, they are at risk of getting the virus. In response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Americans use “social distancing.” This includes canceling large events and staying at least two meters away from others when possible, among other measures to limit close contact.

Many states have taken the CDC’s advice and have legally enforced social distancing, to the point of banning even small gatherings, closing all non-essential businesses, shutting down schools and even ordering residents to shelter in place in some cases. Other states have focused on laws ensuring greater funding for combating the pandemic or guaranteeing that treatment is covered by insurance. Some states have even taken hygiene into their own hands – for example, New York is manufacturing its own hand sanitizer to deal with shortages.

In order to determine the states that are most and least aggressive in their efforts to limit exposure to coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 46 unique metrics. Our data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita and state legislation on the pandemic to the uninsured population and share of the workforce in affected industries. Read on for the ranking and a complete description of our methodology.

Alongside this report, WalletHub also released a Coronavirus and Money Survey that examined how the virus has affected Americans’ daily life and spending habits.

Source: WalletHub

State with the Most Aggressive Measures in Limiting Virus Exposure

Overall Rank State ‘Prevention & Containment’ Rank ‘Risk Factors & Infrastructure’ Rank ‘Economic Impact’ Rank Delta in Overall Rank vs. March 16
1 California 1 38 23 22
2 Rhode Island 2 17 44 -1
3 Maryland 9 21 3 0
4 New Hampshire 4 4 33 7
5 New Jersey 5 32 9 2
6 Connecticut 8 7 19 -4
7 New York 6 44 25 -3
8 Maine 11 31 15 25
9 Colorado 13 3 45 26
10 Louisiana 7 41 43 12
11 Hawaii 3 45 49 34
12 Delaware 16 10 20 6
13 North Dakota 21 1 11 7
14 Alaska 10 19 47 5
15 Vermont 15 13 36 -6
16 Wisconsin 17 11 37 -3
17 Kentucky 12 40 39 23
18 Illinois 14 12 48 -1
19 Utah 23 5 12 -4
20 Minnesota 32 2 8 -12
21 Washington 22 14 13 -16
22 District of Columbia 19 18 21 -12
23 Michigan 27 28 6 4
24 Ohio 18 26 35 -12
25 Massachusetts 34 7 5 -19
26 Iowa 40 6 1 8
27 Virginia 31 15 14 -3
28 South Carolina 25 36 28 13
29 Pennsylvania 20 24 40 -8
30 Indiana 29 20 32 12
31 West Virginia 30 42 18 1
32 Wyoming 26 25 42 19
33 Alabama 36 47 2 -2
34 New Mexico 24 50 29 -20
35 Kansas 38 16 27 9
36 Florida 28 37 46 1
37 Oregon 35 39 38 -9
38 Arizona 33 48 31 -9
39 Texas 37 30 26 10
40 North Carolina 41 43 17 -10
41 Georgia 49 27 4 -2
42 Missouri 47 29 7 4
43 South Dakota 45 23 24 -27
44 Nebraska 48 9 30 -8
45 Montana 39 34 50 -19
46 Oklahoma 43 46 34 1
47 Arkansas 44 49 16 -22
48 Idaho 50 22 10 -10
49 Tennessee 46 35 41 -6
50 Nevada 42 33 51 -2
51 Mississippi 51 51 22 -1

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 2 p.m. EST on Monday March 23.

March 24th, 2020 by
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