This week Iowa was named the second-best state in the Nation for recovering from the COVID-19 public health emergency by Wallet Hub. This study compared the 50 states and D.C. on 22 metrics. Based on these metrics, Iowa ranked 6th for COVID-related health issues, 1st for leisure and travel, and 7th for economy and labor market.
In the study, Iowa ranked 5th for the highest share of vaccine supply used. As of Wednesday, Iowa has administered 2.4 million doses of the COVID vaccine. Compare these vaccination numbers to the number of Iowans that have tested positive for COVID over the last 14 months. As of Wednesday, 395,910 individuals have tested positive since the beginning of the public health emergency. The media and liberal bloggers continue to attack Governor Reynolds for vaccine distribution, but this ranking makes clear that Iowa has done better in quickly providing vaccines to those who want them compared to the rest of the nation.
This study also ranks Iowa as tied for 3rd for the lowest share of hospitals with staff shortages and tied for 1st for the lowest share of hospitals with supply shortages.
These rankings highlight the Legislature and the Governor’s dedication to getting Iowa back to normal following the business and school closures last spring. The stark contrast is seen in these rankings which put liberal states like Michigan (51st), New Jersey (50th), New York (49th), Pennsylvania (48th), Delaware (47th), DC (46th), and Rhode Island (45th) at the very bottom for economic and health recovery.