South Carolina Ranked The 2nd Least State During COVID-19 – Updated

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With only 5% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of February 17, and vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy, WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States During COVID-19.

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.

According to their report, South Carolina ranks as the second least safe state in America, and North Carolina comes in the bottom half at #36 (down 3 spots from 2 weeks ago).

Safest States During COVID

Overall Rank* State Total Score
1 Alaska 86.52
2 Hawaii 79.22
3 Maine 78.42
4 North Dakota 77.71
5 Wyoming 75.93
6 Wisconsin 74.95
7 Oregon 73.79
8 Washington 73.39
9 Montana 71.87
10 Minnesota 71.07
11 West Virginia 70.67
12 Colorado 70.31
13 New Mexico 69.71
14 Iowa 69.52
15 Vermont 69.52
16 Michigan 68.73
17 Connecticut 68.43
18 Illinois 67.98
19 Idaho 67.69
20 South Dakota 67.09
21 Indiana 66.47
22 Louisiana 64.98
23 New Hampshire 64.54
24 Utah 64.44
25 Oklahoma 63.84
26 Arkansas 63.38
27 Massachusetts 62.55
28 Maryland 62.43
29 District of Columbia 62.22
30 Virginia 62.17
31 California 62.16
32 Missouri 61.92
33 Kansas 59.82
34 Pennsylvania 59.66
35 Arizona 59.08
36 North Carolina 58.62
37 Kentucky 58.15
38 Nebraska 57.73
39 Nevada 57.37
40 Florida 56.76
41 Mississippi 56.47
42 Tennessee 55.43
43 Delaware 54.82
44 New Jersey 54.47
45 Texas 54.35
46 Alabama 49.81
47 Georgia 49.11
48 Rhode Island 48.00
49 New York 44.84
50 South Carolina 43.99
51 Ohio 29.71

Note: *No. 1 = Safest
Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

South Carolina also now has the highest testing positive rate in America, and North Carolina has the 5th highest.

What do you think about the Covid safety of the Carolinas? 

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