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Safest States During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated WalletHub Study

With around 16% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of March 31, and vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy, WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States During COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Safest Least Safe
1. Alaska 42. Alabama
2. New Mexico 43. Massachusetts
3. Hawaii 44. Kentucky
4. Maine 45. Michigan
5. North Dakota 46. Tennessee
6. Colorado 47. Texas
7. Vermont 48. New Jersey
8. Wyoming 49. Florida
9. Washington 50. New York
10. Rhode Island 51. Georgia

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/safest-states-during-covid/86567

WalletHub Q&A

According to President Biden, 90% of U.S. adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19. What impact will the increased safety from greater vaccine access have on the economy?

“Since nearly all adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, the U.S. will become a lot safer in the coming months, which in turn will have a tremendously positive impact on the economy. More vaccination leads to greater consumer confidence, and the number of people who are willing to shop in person should rise sharply because people know they are protected by the vaccine,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Increased safety will have an especially big impact on certain industries, like travel, which experienced big revenue drops due to both government restrictions and people being afraid to be in an enclosed space with others. The safer conditions are, the more businesses will thrive as restrictions are lifted and consumers return.”

What actions can residents take in order to increase the safety of their community and their state?

“The most important thing that residents can do to increase the safety of their community and state is to get vaccinated when they are eligible. While the vaccines being offered have a high efficacy, how well they are able to curb the pandemic also depends on the share of the population that chooses to get vaccinated,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Until we achieve widespread vaccination and get the pandemic under control, people should continue to wear masks in public and practice social distancing to achieve the highest level of safety possible.”

Is there a correlation between a state’s vaccination rate and its death rate?

“At the moment, we have found a weak positive correlation between the vaccination rate ranking and the death rate ranking. In other words, as the vaccination rate increases, the death rate decreases,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “It’s important to consider the fact that only around 16% of the population is vaccinated so far, but a much greater portion will become eligible for vaccination soon. In the future, we should expect a stronger correlation between the two variables as the vaccination rate increases.”

Does Georgia, the state with the highest death rate, lag behind in vaccination?

“In addition to having the highest death rate in the nation in the past week, at over 38 per million, Georgia also ranks as the second lowest when it comes to the share of the population age 16 and over who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Increasing the number of people vaccinated is essential for getting control of the pandemic.”