As of Tuesday, March 24, there are nearly 50,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and at least 600 people have died from it in the United States. In Arkansas, there are 218 confirmed cases and two people have died from the coronavirus.
With the number of cases and deaths rising, many states have taken action to minimize the spread of the coronavirus by social distancing such as closing certain businesses, shutting down schools, and even ordering residents to shelter in place in some cases.
WalletHub released a report comparing the efforts of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: prevention and containment, risk factors and infrastructure as well as economic impact. 46 key metrics were used to determine each state’s efforts from most to least aggressive.
Overall, Arkansas ranked no. 47 on the report by WalletHub. California was ranked no. 1 as the most aggressive state against the coronavirus.
Below is a summary of the report for Arkansas.
Aggressiveness Against the Coronavirus in Arkansas (1=Best, 25=Avg.):
- 26th – State and Local Public Health Laboratories per Capita
- 40th – Tested Cases of COVID-19 per Capita
- 21st – Public Hospital System Quality
- 23rd – Share of Employment from Small Businesses
- 23rd – Share of Workers with Access to Paid Sick Leave
- 19th – Total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding Per Capita
- 18th – Public Healthcare Spending per Capita
Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 2 p.m. ET on March 23, 2020.
To see the full report on each state, go to https://wallethub.com/edu/most-aggressive-states-against-coronavirus/72307/#methodology