North Dakota Ranked 2nd Safest State During COVID, Well Ahead of South Dakota, Minnesota

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum holds a COVID-19 news conference on Oct. 23 in Bismarck. Kyle Martin / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — According to an analysis sponsored by WalletHub, North Dakota is currently the second safest state in the nation as the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on.

Ironically, that’s a ranking well ahead of South Dakota (touted by the Trump crowd as a paragon of pandemic response) and Minnesota (the example preferred by the region’s more left-leaning observers).

The latter state came in 10th in the overall ranking, while the former ranked 16th.

North Dakota ranked in the top 5 in four out of the five measurements used in the analysis.

The state is fifth for highest vaccination rate, second for lowest testing rate, third for lowest hospitalization rate, and fourth for the lowest death rate.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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