According to the survey service Wallet Hub, Alaska ranks as the third most aggressive state in fighting COVID-19.
The rankings took into account the following criteria and Alaska finished No. 1 in four categories.
1st – State and Local Public Health Laboratories per Capita
12th – Tested Cases of COVID-19 per Capita
24th – Public Hospital System Quality
9th – Population Density
1st – Share of Workers with Access to Paid Sick Leave
1st – Total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding Per Capita
1st – Public Healthcare Spending per Capita
Many states have taken the CDC’s advice and have legally enforced social distancing, to the point of banning even small gatherings, closing all non-essential businesses, shutting down schools and even ordering residents to shelter in place in some cases. In fact, over half of the 50 states have some form of lockdown in effect. Other states have focused on laws ensuring greater funding for combating the pandemic or guaranteeing that treatment is covered by insurance. Some states have even taken hygiene into their own hands – for example, New York is manufacturing its own hand sanitizer to deal with shortages. Many states have also moved back their tax deadlines following the federal government’s decision to do the same.
In order to determine the states that are most and least aggressive in their efforts to limit exposure to coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 51 unique metrics. Our data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita and state legislation on the pandemic to the uninsured population and share of the workforce in affected industries. Read on for the ranking and a complete description of our methodology.