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Most of the country has some type of quarantine order in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the recommendations vary from one place to another. WalletHub sent us a list of updated rankings to reflect the least and most aggressive states against coronavirus. We currently live in Idaho, and we’ve got to say that it’s a relief to see that we’ve improved since this report was first published.
If you’re worried about the current financial situation across the United States, WalletHub has created a separate report. It’s called State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus and it really is an interesting read!
Which States Are Most Aggressive Against Coronavirus?
WalletHub took a look at the measures being put in place by each state (and the District of Columbia) and compared them across 51 key metrics. They focused on things such as shelter-in-place policies, school closures, and the number of ICU beds. For the full list and interactive map, visit their website. Otherwise, we will focus on the top 10 least and most proactive.
States with Most Aggressive Measures
- 1. New York
- 2. District of Columbia
- 3. Alaska
- 4. Hawaii
- 5. New Jersey
- 6. Rhode Island
- 7. Washington
- 8. Massachusetts
- 9. New Hampshire
- 10. West Virginia
States with Least Aggressive Measures
- 42. Texas
- 43. Utah
- 44. Florida
- 45. Mississippi
- 46. Arkansas
- 47. Wyoming
- 48. Alabama
- 49. Nebraska
- 50. South Dakota
- 51. Oklahoma
Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report (on March 24)
- Idaho moved from 48 to 24 (up 24 positions). This is due in part to the fact that the state has increased prevention measures and implemented statewide school closures.
- Tennessee moved from 49 to 27 (up 22 positions). Some factors that contributed to this include Tennessee’s closure of bars and restaurants, as well as its 12 time increase in the number of tests administered per 100,000 residents.
- Utah moved from 19 to 43 (down 24 positions) and North Dakota moved from 13 to 38 (down 25 positions). Some factors that contributed to this include Utah not activating the national guard and North Dakota not issuing a shelter-in-place order.
Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 1 p.m. ET on April 6, 2020.
Again, to view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit WalletHub’s post. They’ve also provided a few Q&As to give you a better idea behind the rankings. It’s definitely worth reading:
Why is New York the most aggressive state against the coronavirus?
“New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and we’re happy to see the state taking the aggressive actions needed to mitigate the spread. Some of the key reasons why New York is the most aggressive state against the coronavirus include the statewide shelter-in-place order and the fact that New York has restricted drugs related to COVID-19 treatment to prevent shortages,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “New York is also one of the states taking protective measures against evictions and utility terminations.”
Why does Oklahoma rank as the least aggressive state against the coronavirus?
“Oklahoma has instituted far fewer state-level measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic than other states have. For example, the state has not closed bars or restaurants, a measure that most states took weeks ago,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Oklahoma also has not activated the National Guard, which the majority of other states have done.”
What are some of the most aggressive measures states have taken in response to the pandemic?
“One of the most aggressive ways states have attempted to combat coronavirus is to declare stay-home and shelter-in-place orders for all residents,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “But I don’t think we’ve seen the extent of the aggressive actions that states will take. My expectation is that states will continue tightening shelter-in-place rules, which are now so loose in a lot of cases that anyone can think of an excuse to meet one of the exceptions.”
Is the federal government doing enough for the economy?
“Current efforts are going to seem like throwing pennies in a well unless we take more drastic measures to enforce social distancing across the nation, flood the country with fast testing and get personal protective equipment not just to all medical professionals, but to all Americans,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of the finance website WalletHub. “Until we solve the core problem, printing money to throw at the situation will only do so much.”