Information provided from WalletHub:
With around 68% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and with new cases and deaths down a lot since the start of the year, WalletHub today released updated rankings for 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 level of COVID-19 community transmission, the rates of 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.
Maryland’s Safety During Coronavirus (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 1st – Vaccination Rate
- 12th – Positive Testing Rate
- 19th – Hospitalization Rate
- 10th – Death Rate
- 28th – Level of Community Transmission
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on October 12, 2022.
To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
Top 10 states include:
5 North Carolina
6 District of Columbia
For my readers in Tennessee…you rank #45 in this study.
Will Halloween spending be affected by COVID safety protocols?
“Halloween spending should not be negatively affected by COVID safety protocols, given that the virus is retreating and there are so many resources available to help protect against it,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “There’s hope that Halloween this year could be closer to normal for many Americans. Halloween spending should resume to pre-COVID levels, save for anyone now trying to curb their shopping due to inflation.”
How will the economy be affected if workplaces roll back COVID protocols this fall?
“Workplaces have heavily rolled back COVID protocols already, and will continue to do so this fall. Most new rules disregard the 6-feet standard for social distancing. Quarantine periods have also been shortened, if they exist at all,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub Analyst. “The rollbacks will make it easier for employers to bring workers back to the office, forcing the public health responsibility to individual workers and away from businesses. This will benefit the economy, since so many businesses are still suffering from people not yet returning to their offices or in-person venues.”
What impact do unvaccinated people have on the economy?
“Our economic recovery will not reach its full potential until the vast majority of people who are medically able to get vaccinated do so. The more people who decline to get vaccinated, the more risk there is to public health. The safety level of the country impacts the economy because it is tied to the lifting of restrictions and it determines how confident people are to go out and spend money,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “While we have made a lot of progress with vaccination, recent polls have found that most people who are still unvaccinated do not plan to ever get the vaccine. Investing in campaigns to convince more people to get vaccinated may lead to bigger economic returns down the line.”
Is North Carolina, the state with one of the lowest death rates, one of the states that is vaccinating most?
“In addition to reporting no deaths in the past week, North Carolina ranks first when it comes to the share of the population age 12 and over who have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Increasing the number of people vaccinated is essential for getting control of the pandemic.”