Is Utah a safe state during COVID-19? New report offers insight

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A sign reminds park-goers to practice social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, at Liberty Park on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(ABC4) – Four weeks ago, in mid-April, a report ranked Utah as among the least safe states during COVID-19.

The report, conducted by WalletHub, reviewed five metrics across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Metrics include:

  • Rates of COVID-19 transmission
  • Positive testing
  • Hospitalizations and death
  • Share of the eligible population getting vaccinated

Utah was ranked among the least safe – 46th, to be exact. The Beehive State came in just behind its western neighbor Nevada and just ahead of New York.

At the time, Utah had a total of 391,633 positive tests in the state with 146 people hospitalized and over 1.8 million vaccines administered – nearly a quarter of the population. Utah’s cumulative COVID-19 death toll sat at 2,162 at the time.

Now, about a month later, Utah has jumped in the ranks for safe states during COVID-19. In its weekly update, WalletHub ranked Utah as the 11th safest state, just behind California.

As of May 12, Utah has seen 401,251 positive tests with 142 people currently hospitalized with the virus. Over 2.3 million vaccines have been administered, putting about 33.5% of all Utahns in the fully vaccinated category.

Nearly 2,250 Utahns have died from COVID-19.

Here is a look at how these metrics have changed in Utah from the April ranking to the May ranking:

April 16May 13
Positive tests391,633401,251
Vaccine doses administered1,808,8242,340,755
Hospitalized at time of report146142
COVID-19 deaths2,1622,250

Here is a look at the safest – and least safe – states in the latest rankings:

SafestLeast Safe
1. Hawaii42. Delaware
2. Vermont43. Indiana
3. Massachusetts44. Georgia
4. Maine45. Tennessee
5. New Hampshire46. Montana
6. Alaska47. Pennsylvania
7. Rhode Island48. Kentucky
8. Connecticut49. Florida
9. District of Columbia50. West Virginia
10. California51. Michigan

When comparing the COVID-19 death rate and vaccination rate of states, the report finds Utah has a low death rate and high vaccination rate.

Source: WalletHub

To view the full report, visit WalletHub’s site.

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