Study: Florida one of the least aggressive states fighting COVID-19

With nearly all of the 50 states in some form of lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos.

To identify which states are taking the most aggressive actions to combat coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 51 key metrics. The data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita to school closures, ICU beds, and shelter-in-place policies.

Florida is one of the least aggressive states in fighting the virus, despite with Gov. DeSantis tells us.

Aggressiveness Against the Coronavirus in Florida (1=Best, 25=Avg.):

  • 51st State and Local Public Health Laboratories per Capita
  • 24th – Tested Cases of COVID-19 per Capita
  • 36th – Public Hospital System Quality
  • 40th Population Density
  • 34th – Share of Workers with Access to Paid Sick Leave
  • 46th Total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding Per Capita
  • 40thPublic Healthcare Spending per Capita

Florida Aggressiveness Over Time

March 17: 15th least aggressive
April 7: 8th least aggressive

Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 1 p.m. ET on April 6, 2020.

Surrounding States

Alabama – Overall #48

Prevention & Containment: 48th

Risk Factors & Infrastructure: 45th


Mississippi – Overall #45

Prevention & Containment: 39th

Risk Factors & Infrastructure: 51st


Louisiana – Overall #16

Prevention & Containment: 11th

Risk Factors & Infrastructure: 38th