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Colorado slips in site's COVID safety rankings

The state came in 12th on the list released Thursday, after it was ranked fourth two weeks ago in personal finance website WalletHub’s ranking of the safest states during COVID. 
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Colorado this week slipped eight places in personal finance website WalletHub’s ranking of the safest states during COVID. 

The state came in 12th on the list released Thursday, falling from fourth two weeks ago.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia using five key metrics: rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated.

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the safest conditions, and a weighted average across all metrics was to calculate an overall score for each state. Colorado’s overall score as of Thursday was 70.31.

Alaska was first in the rankings with an overall score of 86.52, and Ohio was last with a score of 29.71.

Source: WalletHub

As of Thursday morning, there were 416,174 total COVID cases in Colorado, 22,922 hospitalizations, 5,656 deaths due to COVID and 5,838 deaths among COVID cases, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data.

Statewide, 723,942 people had received a first dose of vaccine, with 321,826 people immunized with two doses, according to state data updated on Tuesday.

Locally, 18,359 Boulder County residents had tested positive or were considered probable for the virus as of Wednesday, according to Boulder County Public Health. Hospitalizations totaled 517 and deaths totaled 245. 

As of Thursday, , according to county data, 21,616 Boulder County residents had received the first dose of the vaccine and 20,019 had received the full course of two shots — up from 9,393 as of Feb. 5.



COVID data

For information on Boulder County COVID cases, deaths, hospitalizations and trends, click here.