With 89 percent of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 having some sort of pre-existing condition, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Offering the Most Coronavirus Support.

The report seeks to examine how states care for people who are at risk both health-wise and financially.

To identify which states offer the most support during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics. Their data set ranges from whether the state will offer free vaccinations once a vaccine exists to the share of households in poverty that receive social assistance.

In “States Offering the Most Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Massachusetts ranks first, District of Columbia ranks second, and Rhode Island ranks third.

Coronavirus Support in Rhode Island (1=Most, 25=Avg.):

  • 8th – Coronavirus Relief Fund per Capita
  • 7th – Share of Households in Poverty Receiving Social Assistance
  • 7th – Share of Sheltered Homeless Population
  • 5th – Unemployment Insurance Recipiency Rate
  • 27th – Ratio of Average Weekly Wage Covered by Unemployment Benefit

North Carolina ranks last in the study.

Source: WalletHub

For the full report, visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-offering-the-most-coronavirus-support/73333/

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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