Arizona ranks last in the country in its recovery rate from COVID-19.
The week’s death rate, positive testing rate and transmission number were gathered by WalletHub.com, which ranked the 50 states and District of Columbia. Each was rated on its improvement in each category, with a 1 noting most improved and a 25 being average. Arizona was 51st.
Arizona was 35th in its death rate, 51st in its testing rate and 42nd in estimated transmission number, which estimated the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit COVID-19.
WalletHub typically tracks money-related data. It tracked the COVID-19 trends to see where it was safest to reopen the economy. Hawaii and Alaska showed the most improvement across 11 key metrics.
Since beginning the effort to reopen the economy while simultaneously having statewide testing blitzes, Arizona has seen sharp increases in positive tests. Today’s report from the Arizona Department of Health Services saw a single-day high of 1,556 new cases.
The Maricopa and Hidden Valley area have had more than 100 confirmed cases, according to AZDHS. There have been more than 1,000 cases in Pinal County, with 41 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to Pinal County Public Health Services Department.
The state is still not reporting a recovery-rate metric.
Of the state’s 1,095 deaths attributed to COVID-19, 77% of the patients were age 65 or older, many with previous underlying conditions.