By Jill Fox
While many states are closing bars, restaurants and banning large gatherings to curb the spread of the COVID-19, a new report has been released on which ones are taking the most aggressive actions — and Florida ranks a disappointing 37th overall.
To identify which states are taking the most substantial actions to combat coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 35 different areas, ranging 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.
In comparison, Florida is at the bottom, coming in 51st in state and local public health laboratories per capita.
Florida also ranked 46th in total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funding per capita, and 40th in public healthcare spending per capita, as well as population density.
While Florida ranked very low in those areas, Parkland residents may be relieved that it did come in second in aggressiveness towards its share of employment from small businesses. However, that only accounted for a mere 10 percent of the economic impact score, in which Florida ranked 45th.
Average findings included tested cases of COVID-19 per capita (24th), the share of workers with access to paid sick leave (34th), and public hospital system quality (36th).
State with the Most Aggressive Measures in Limiting Virus Exposure