WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) By Tyler Barker– According to a new study, West Virginia ranks number one as the best state who responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. has ranked how the 50 states have responded to the coronavirus pandemic and found West Virginia to be the most responsive state. “We analyzed six key metrics including when the state saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19, when the state declared a state of emergency, and when the state issued a stay-at-home order.”

California and New York may be stealing all the national headlines, but West Virginia is the state that more quickly put together a coordinated effort to stop the speed of COVID-19, according to our metrics.

Rather than wait for a problem to arise, West Virginia shuttered schools four days before the state saw its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. It also declared a state of emergency a day before a case was confirmed. And on the day after it reported its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, West Virginia closed all restaurants and bars for dine-in services.

While you might rightly point out that West Virginia is a state struck later than the others by COVID-19, it outperformed other states like Nebraska, which saw its first confirmed case on the same day as West Virginia.

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Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. You can Follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email him at