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Maryland Is One Of The Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus

Adam McCann, Financial Writer | 3/18/2020, 12:34 p.m.
According to the World Health Organization, the primary way that coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads is through close interaction with other people. ...
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Note: This metric measures the presence or absence of policies that have banned large gatherings in a state.

States Who Announced Statewide School Closures: Double Weight (~4.62 Points)

States Who Have Activated National Guard in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic: Double Weight (~4.62 Points)

States Who Have Closed Restaurants and Bars to Minimize Coronavirus Spread: Triple Weight (~6.92 Points)

States Who Are Recommending Statewide Curfew to Minimize Coronavirus Spread: Triple Weight (~6.92 Points)

States Legislation Responding to COVID-19: Full Weight (~2.31 Points)

Note: This metric measures the presence or absence of state legislation responding to COVID-19 by state.

Risk Factors & Infrastructure – Total Points: 20

Influenza and Pneumonia Death Rate: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Infectious Disease Incidence Rate: Full Weight (~0.93 Points)

Note: Rates of infectious diseases, continue to rise despite the readily available prevention and treatment options. Three common diseases, each with different modes of transmission, prevention strategies and treatment options are included in this composite metric: chlamydia, pertussis and salmonella.

Poverty Rate: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Population Density: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Note: This composite metric measures both state population density and urban population density.

Life Expectancy: Half Weight (~0.47 Points)

Share of Uninsured Population: Full Weight (~0.93 Points)

Hospital Beds per Capita: Full Weight (~0.93 Points)

Public Hospital System Quality: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Note: This metric is based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Access to Communication Infrastructure: Full Weight (~0.93 Points)

Note: This composite metric measures the share of households with access to broadband internet and share of households with cellular data subscriptions.

Share of Homes Lacking Access to Basic Hygienic Facilities: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Note: This composite metric measures the share of homes with inadequate plumbing, with inadequate kitchen facilities or that are severely overcrowded.

Food Insecurity Rate: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Public Healthcare Spending per Capita: Full Weight (~0.93 Points)

At Risk Population – Share of Elderly Population: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

At Risk Population – Chronically Ill: Double Weight (~1.86 Points)

Note: This metric refers to population 18 years and older suffering from: arthritis, asthma, skin cancer or other types of cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, or diagnosed diabetes. It also includes the population that has had a stroke.

Economic Impact – Total Points: 20

Accommodation & Food Services; Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation; and Public Transportation Output as Share of Total State GDP: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)

Share of Workforce in Accommodation & Food Services; Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation; Bus Service & Urban Transit; Air Transportation; Taxi Service: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)

Part-time to Full-time Employment Workforce Ratio: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)

Share of Wage and Salary Workers Paid at Hourly Rates: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)

Share of Employment from Small Businesses: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)

States Who Have Enacted Budget Legislation in Response to COVID-19: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)

Note: This metric measures the enactment of budget legislation changes in response to COVID-19 by state.

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Association of Public Health Laboratories, The COVID Tracking Project, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pew Research Center, National Governors Association, Editorial Projects in Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, United Health Foundation, American Medical Association, The Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Feeding America, U.S. Small Business Administration and news reports.