- Georgia, South Carolina and California are the riskiest states for Spring Break travel.
- Nationally, 11.7% of the population are fully vaccinated.
- Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota have the highest vaccination rates.
- Hawaii, Oregon and Kansas have the lowest COVID-19 cases in the last seven days per 100K (3/17/2021).
- New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have the highest COVID-19 cases per 100K.
- Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts have the fewest seniors at risk with underlying health conditions.
- West Virginia, Missouri and Michigan ranked 2020’s safest driving states in our fifth annual Best and Worst Drivers by State.
It’s been a long and arduous year, with much anticipation as we passed the one-year mark of America’s first COVID-19 case. Each year during March and April, thousands of people load up their cars or hop on flights to find warm and relaxing spring break destinations. This year seems to be no different. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), over the last few weeks, U.S. airports have experienced a record number of Americans traveling since the beginning of the pandemic.
Although COVID-19 vaccinations have become available and we are seeing an increase in adults being vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still advising against travel and considering the risks involved. Despite the CDC’s warnings, thousands of people descended upon Florida for Spring Break 2021.
Dr. Fauci warned people to be careful amid pandemic travel. He said, “We want people to have a good time on spring break, but don't put your guard down completely. Just be prudent a bit longer. We are going in the right direction, we’re almost there.”
As businesses slowly begin to reopen, COVID-19 cases continue to rise. According to the New York Times database, around 30 million people across the country have tested positive for the virus and 536,400 people have died.
Depending on where you’re traveling, some destinations may be riskier than others. Our research team at QuoteWizard compiled a number of travel risk factors to see which states were considered riskiest to visit this Spring Break. We looked at dangerous driving comparisons to evaluate road travel risk and compared those figures with COVID-19-related risk factors. Overall, we evaluated eight risk factors in each state to compile our ranking of the riskiest states to travel to this holiday season. These factors include:
- Seniors with underlying health conditions
- Dangerous driving states: accidents, speeding and DUI rankings
- Hospital capacity
- Adults vaccinated against COVID-19
- COVID-19 cases and death rates
|Rank||State||Seniors with health conditions||Accidents||Speeding||DUI||Adult vaccinations||Hospital capacity||Case rate||Death rate|
QuoteWizard analyzed six safety metrics and the most recent (March 16, 2021) Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) data on United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State per 100K in the last seven days from all 50 states to determine which states are safest for pandemic spring break travel. Each metric was ranked on a 1-50 scale, with an ascending score representing the least safe to safest conditions for specific state travel. We then determined each state’s safety ranking by averaging across all metric scores to calculate its overall ranking and used the resulting scores to rank-order each of the states.
Seniors with underlying health conditions: We analyzed CDC prevalence data that looks at seniors with high-risk COVID-19-related health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Our findings suggest West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama are the states with the highest rates of seniors with high-risk COVID-19-related health conditions.
Hospital capacity: To evaluate health care capacity, we analyzed Health and Human Services (HHS) and Kaiser Family Foundation data, looking at IUC beds and physicians per 1,000 people in each state. In a follow-up analysis, we also compared HHS data for estimated ICU beds in use. This capacity figure is intended to show the total current capacity of ICU beds as of November 13. Wyoming, Montana and Hawaii were found to have the lowest hospital capacities.
Adult COVID-19 vaccination rates: QuoteWizard analyzed CDC data on adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our ranking is based on states that had the lowest to highest percentages of vaccinated adults as of March 16th, 2021.
Dangerous driving states: These rankings are compiled from QuoteWizard’s annual best and worst driver study. Each state's driver quality ranking is based on the rate of accidents, speeding tickets and DUIs. In the 2020 best and worst driver study, Wyoming, Virginia and Colorado drivers were rated the most dangerous.
COVID-19 cases and death rates: We looked at the most recent (Wednesday, March 17) CDC data on United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State per 100K in the last seven days from all 50 states. New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island were found to have the highest rates of cases and deaths per 100K people.