WalletHub, the personal finance website that releases a wide range of rankings, has released a new comparison, this one ranking the states that are most and least aggressively fighting COVID-19.

North Carolina ranked 30th.

According to the World Health Organization, the primary way that coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads is through close interaction with other people, Wallet Hub reported. 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.

Wallet Hub said any states have taken the CDC’s advice and have legally enforced social distancing, to the point of banning large gatherings and mandating that restaurants and bars close 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 35 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

Source: WalletHub

 

State with the Most Aggressive Measures in Limiting Virus Exposure

Overall Rank State Score Interval ‘Prevention & Containment’ Rank ‘Risk Factors & Infrastructure’ Rank ‘Economic Impact’ Rank
1 Rhode Island >=60 1 22 43
2 Connecticut >=60 2 8 18
3 Maryland >=60 3 18 2
4 New York >=60 4 40 5
5 Washington >=60 5 9 14
6 Massachusetts >=60 9 10 3
7 New Jersey >=60 6 28 24
8 Minnesota 55 – 60 17 1 4
9 Vermont 55 – 60 7 7 44
10 District of Columbia 55 – 60 8 33 26
11 New Hampshire 50 – 55 12 5 25
12 Ohio 50 – 55 11 34 23
13 Wisconsin 50 – 55 13 12 27
14 New Mexico 50 – 55 10 46 38
15 Utah 50 – 55 24 4 15
16 South Dakota 45 – 50 20 20 30
17 Illinois 45 – 50 19 17 39
18 Delaware 45 – 50 28 11 12
19 Alaska 45 – 50 14 15 49
20 North Dakota 45 – 50 27 3 31
21 Pennsylvania 45 – 50 22 25 33
22 Louisiana 45 – 50 16 44 36
23 California 45 – 50 18 32 40
24 Virginia 45 – 50 30 13 11
25 Arkansas 45 – 50 23 49 13
26 Montana 45 – 50 15 23 50
27 Michigan 45 – 50 31 29 10
28 Oregon 45 – 50 21 27 46
29 Arizona 40 – 45 32 43 6
30 North Carolina 40 – 45 29 39 16
31 Alabama 40 – 45 35 50 1
31 West Virginia 40 – 45 25 48 20
33 Maine 40 – 45 26 26 42
34 Iowa 40 – 45 38 6 9
35 Colorado 40 – 45 37 2 41
36 Nebraska 40 – 45 43 14 8
37 Florida 35 – 40 33 41 45
38 Idaho 35 – 40 40 16 37
39 Georgia 35 – 40 46 30 7
40 Kentucky 35 – 40 39 45 32
41 South Carolina 35 – 40 42 36 22
42 Indiana 35 – 40 45 24 21
43 Tennessee 35 – 40 41 42 35
44 Kansas 35 – 40 50 19 17
45 Hawaii 35 – 40 36 35 47
46 Missouri 35 – 40 47 38 29
47 Oklahoma 35 – 40 44 47 34
48 Nevada 30 – 35 34 37 51
49 Texas 30 – 35 51 31 19
50 Mississippi 30 – 35 48 51 28
51 Wyoming 30 – 35 49 21 48

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 5 p.m. EST on Monday March 16.

 

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