Just about all 50 states are in some form of lockdown but New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation when it comes to measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to an updated ranking by WalletHub.

To determine which states are taking the most aggressive action against coronavirus, WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 51 metrics. The metrics include tested cases of COVID-19 per capita to school closures, ICU beds, and shelter-in-place policies. NJ’s ranking moved up two spots since the last time WalletHub analyzed the data and ranked the Garden State seventh most aggressive in combating coronavirus.

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In its new ranking, New Jersey places ninth (one being the best) in the number of tested cases of  COVID-19 per capita, twelfth in its share of workers with access to paid sick leave, tenth in the number of residents who are chronically ill and at high risk and 26th in its share of residents who do not have health insurance.

New Jersey has the second-highest number of reported cases in the country, behind New York, which has the most reported cases and ranks as the state that has taken the most aggressive measures against COVID-19.

“New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and we’re happy to see the state taking the aggressive actions needed to mitigate the spread. Some of the key reasons why New York is the most aggressive state against the coronavirus include the statewide shelter-in-place order and the fact that New York has restricted drugs related to COVID-19 treatment to prevent shortages,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “New York is also one of the states taking protective measures against evictions and utility terminations.”

To see the full report, head to wallethub.com.

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