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10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2020 12:25 PM CDT
10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus
A woman wears a mask and gloves as she enters a grocery store after waiting in line with more than 150 people Tuesday in Spring, Texas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics in three main categories: prevention and containment (i.e., tested cases and deaths from the illness, as well as closures of schools, restaurants, and other venues); risk factors and infrastructure, including the poverty rate, life expectancy, and flu and pneumonia death rate; and the economic impact, including whether the state has enacted budget legislation to deal with the virus. Read on for the states that are acting assertively to slow the virus down:

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Most aggressive states:

  1. Rhode Island (No. 1 in the "Prevention and Containment" category)
  2. Connecticut
  3. Maryland
  4. New York
  5. Washington
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New Jersey
  8. Minnesota (No. 1 in the "Risk Factors and Infrastructure" category)
  9. Vermont
  10. District of Columbia
Read on to see the states that could use some work on this front.

Least aggressive states:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Mississippi (last in the "Risk Factors and Infrastructure" category)
  3. Texas (last in the "Prevention and Containment" category)
  4. Nevada (last in the "Economic Impact" category)
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Missouri
  7. Hawaii
  8. Kansas
  9. Tennessee
  10. Indiana
See how other states rank here. (These are the healthiest states in America.)

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