FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A new study ranks Arkansas as the 2nd least safe state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The personal finance website WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics, including vaccination rates, hospitalizations and deaths, positive testing, and rates of COVID-19 transmission.

Arkansas ranked second to last at 50th overall, behind only Missouri.

The Natural State ranked near the bottom of nearly every category.

  • 45th – Vaccination Rate
  • 48th – Positive Testing Rate
  • 50th – Hospitalization Rate
  • 46th – Death Rate
  • 50th – Transmission Rate

Arkansas reported its highest number of new cases of COVID-19 in months on Wednesday, with over 1,000 new infections documented in one day.

WalletHub’s study ranked Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, and New Mexico as the safest states during COVID-19, respectively.

To view the full rankings and learn more about the company’s methodology, click here.