Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus – WalletHub Study

With states taking actions such as closing non-essential businesses, banning even small gatherings, and ordering people to shelter in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus, WalletHub today released updated rankings on the Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos.

To identify which states are taking the largest actions to combat coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita to school closures, ICU beds, and shelter-in-place policies. Below, you can see highlights from WalletHub’s report, along with a summary of the largest rank changes from our previous report and a Q&A with WalletHub analysts.

States with Most Aggressive Measures

States with Least Aggressive Measures

1. California 42. Missouri
2. Rhode Island 43. South Dakota
3. Maryland 44. Nebraska
4. New Hampshire 45. Montana
5. New Jersey 46. Oklahoma
6. Connecticut 47. Arkansas
7. New York 48. Idaho
8. Maine 49. Tennessee
9. Colorado 50. Nevada
10. Louisiana 51. Mississippi

Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 2 p.m. ET on March 23, 2020.

Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report

  • Hawaii moved from rank 45 to rank 11, up 34 positions. One reason is that the state has increased its number of tests administered per 100,000 residents by 400 times, from 0.49 to 211.74.
  • Colorado moved from rank 35 to rank 9, up 26 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has increased prevention measures and announced statewide closures of schools, bars and restaurants.
  • Maine moved from rank 33 to rank 8, up 25 positions. Maine has improved its aggressiveness against coronavirus by banning gatherings of 10 participants or more as well as closing restaurants and bars, among other measures.

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