Report: Md. Has 11th-Ranked COVID-19 Support System for At-Risk Population
Maryland is the 11th best state in the nation when it comes to offering support to residents put at risk by the COVID-19 outbreak, a new study concludes.
The financial news website WalletHub used a variety of data to calculate which states are being most responsive to needy populations during the outbreak. Broadly speaking, three sets of data were used to make the ratings.
Maryland was 6th nationwide in the category of “coronavirus relief and medical services.” This metric included relief funds for COVID-19 patients, opening early enrollment periods for health care coverage, and adoption of telehealth services, among others.
In the other two major categories, Maryland was 33rd when it came to “food and housing assistance,” and 32nd in “unemployment support.” The state finished 48th in the sub-category of lowest share of elderly population served a home-delivered meal.
Ahead of Maryland on the overall list of COVID-19 responsiveness to at-risk populations: Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Maine, North Dakota, New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, Kentucky, and Minnesota. Massachusetts was far ahead of every other state in total points.
The bottom five: North Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, and South Carolina.