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.