Pa. ranks number 1 in U.S. for COVID-19 vaccination rates, study shows

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(WTAJ) — A new study from WalletHub that ranks the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, has ranked Pennsylvania number 1 in vaccination rate.

Pennsylvania, which ranks number 27 overall in the study, touts a vaccination rate of over 73.5% as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. For comparison, the United States as a whole is only 59% vaccinated as of Sunday, Nov. 21.

So how did WalletHub decide the safest states and that Pa. is in the bottom 50%?

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Their data included the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated. All data reflects numbers recently obtained on Monday, Nov. 22.

Source: WalletHub

As of Monday, Nov. 22, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health reported more than 5,600 new COVID cases with 106 new COVID-related deaths. There are 3,097 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 734 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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