DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama has been ranked as the second-least safe state for COVID-19, according to a study by WalletHub.
The finance site ranked Alabama as the 50th state in terms of COVID-19 safety out of 51 states (including Washington D.C.). Alaska is ranked as the safest while Arizona is the most dangerous, ranking at the bottom of the list in 51st place.
The study ranked the states according to five metrics: COVID-19 transmission rates, positive testing, hospitalizations, deaths, and the number of people vaccinated compared to the general population.
According to WalletHub, Alabama ranks as the lowest in its vaccination rate and 27th for its positive testing rate.
The state also is 49th for its hospitalization rate and 51st for deaths. While this may seem like Alabama is seeing low rates, WalletHub’s study actually ranked these states in these categories with higher levels having fewer hospitalizations and deaths while low-ranked states had high death and hospitalization rates, as seen in the following images.
As of Wednesday, only 0.62 percent of Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the ADPH reported that 202,643 vaccine doses were administered since December, which covers 30 percent of the people who would be eligible for a vaccine under Phase 1a and 1b.
In terms of political alignments, red states are safer, holding an average rank of 25.64.
You can learn more about the study by clicking here.