The coronavirus pandemic has brought major changes to many aspects of daily life, including travel. One hurdle travelers now face is being well-versed in the pandemic-related rules and regulations for each spot they're traveling to. When it comes to which places have the most restrictions in place, Colorado ranks quite high.
Based on data from March 1 that was analyzed by WalletHub, Colorado ranked eighth among the states, ninth including Washington D.C., when it came to having the most COVID-19 restrictions in place. This compares to a 13th place rank based on restrictions in place on January 26 (14th including DC) and a sixth place rank based on data from Oct. 6, 2020 among the states plus DC.
According to WalletHub data, three areas where Colorado has been particularly strict include reopening of restaurants, guidance for assisted living facilities and workplace temperature screenings.
Undoubtedly, this data begs the question of whether or not an impact has been seen from the stricter restrictions. While many other factors may also be at play, including population density, overall population health and medical care infrastructure, Colorado's death rate due to COVID-19 is lower compared to most other states while Colorado's 'unemployment ranking' is higher.
Data from March 2 indicates that Colorado's current death rate is 105 per 100,000 people, which means Colorado has the 11th lowest death rate among the states, according to Becker's Hospital Review. This compares to a 262 per 100,000 death rate in New Jersey, the highest in the US, and a 31 per 100,000 death rate in Hawaii, the lowest in the US.
The graph below shows where states fall in regard to death rate and level of restrictions in place.
While Colorado may have a lower death rate compared to other places in the country, the state does have a comparatively high unemployment rate. According to WalletHub, Colorado's ranks 48th among the 50 states plus DC in their 'unemployment ranking,' with a higher ranking meaning more unemployment.
The graph below shows where states fall in regard to unemployment ranking and restrictions ranking.
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