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Study: Virginia Least Safest State During COVID-19

With only 7.9% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of March 2, 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, the group compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Their 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.

One particularly depressing finding is that Virginia has earned the dubious distinction of being the LEAST safest place during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Main Findings

Safest States During COVID

Overall Rank* StateTotal Score 
1Alaska80.14
2Hawaii79.79
3North Dakota74.53
4New Mexico71.03
5South Dakota70.03
6Minnesota69.68
7Montana69.24
8Oregon69.00
9Vermont68.32
10Iowa67.38
11Washington67.33
12Wisconsin67.33
13Nebraska66.87
14Maine66.25
15Wyoming65.76
16Colorado65.47
17Connecticut65.27
18West Virginia65.15
19Arkansas64.49
20Illinois64.32
21Michigan63.09
22New Hampshire62.91
23Idaho62.76
24Missouri62.75
25Kansas62.13
26Nevada61.03
27Indiana61.02
28Maryland59.65
29Louisiana59.46
30Massachusetts59.12
31Utah57.07
32Ohio56.03
33North Carolina55.38
34Pennsylvania54.99
35Oklahoma54.02
36Arizona53.16
37Kentucky52.48
38California51.36
39Rhode Island51.30
40Mississippi50.84
41Tennessee50.03
42Alabama46.96
43South Carolina46.63
44Florida45.81
45Texas44.96
46New Jersey43.75
47Delaware43.35
48District of Columbia42.06
49New York36.03
50Georgia35.91
51Virginia28.19

Note: *No. 1 = Safest
Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

artwork 2021 covid 19 safe v4COVID-19 Death Rate Ranking vs. Vaccination Rate Ranking

StateCOVID19 Death Rate RankingVaccination Rate RankingCategory
AL4848High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
AK91Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
AZ479High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
AR142Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
CA4921High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
CO522Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
CT215Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
DC3251High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
DE4638High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
FL3941High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
GA4450High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
HI213Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
IA2711High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
ID1927Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
IL1626Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
IN2433Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
KS3332High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
KY3825High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
LA3040High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
MA377High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
MD1834Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
ME2824High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
MI1435Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
MN412Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
MO346Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
MS4343High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
MT128Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NC2629High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
ND64Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NE1517Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NH815Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NJ4118High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NM402High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
NV2231Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
NY3644High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
OH3539High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
OK506High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
OR1030Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
PA2936High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
RI4210High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
SC3137High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
SD253Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
TN3449High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
TX4547High COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
UT2345Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
VA5123High COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
VT720Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
WA1128Low COVID-19 Death Rate & Low Vaccination Rate
WI2019Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
WV1716Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
WY1314Low COVID-19 Death Rate & High Vaccination Rate
Note: Rank 1 on the “COVID-19 Death Rate Ranking” means fewest deaths and Rank 1 for “Vaccination Rate Ranking” means the highest share of population age 16 and older initiating COVID-19 vaccination.

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