Hawaii & Alaska: Each Got Around 340 Covid Cases This Wednesday. But All Things Are Not Equal

Twice As Many People Live In Hawaii As In Alaska. On Wednesday, Both States Had The Same Number Of New Covid Cases  August 4th, 2021:  This ...

Twice As Many People Live In Hawaii As In Alaska. On Wednesday, Both States Had The Same Number Of New Covid Cases 


August 4th, 2021: 
This week, Hawaii is alarmed. After a long period of stabilization, the Delta variant has begun to take hold. Hawaiian health officials listed 346 new coronavirus cases on  this single day on the islands. 

Meanwhile, in Alaska on the very same Wednesday, our health officials trotted out the same basic number: 338 new cases. 

The new Delta variant surge is pushing its weight around. And just as Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic, all things are not equal between these two remote states bordered by the Pacific Ocean, especially when it comes to covid. 


For one thing, Alaska has far fewer residents than Hawaii does. Only around 700,000 people live in Alaska. But 1.4 million people live in Hawaii. So Alaska's 400-victim daily count on August 4th, though seemingly "the same," is literally twice as bad as Hawaii's. 

On Wednesday, Mike Dunleavy, the Republican Governor of Alaska, put out a press release urging all eligible Alaskans to get vaccinated. 

At the current time, around 58% of Alaskans over the age of 11 have gotten one dose of vaccine, and 52.6% are fully vaccinated.

In the Copper Valley, though, it seems the figures are much lower – hovering somewhere in the 30 percentile range at last count. 

And there's undeniably a surge going on the valley. The new "Copper River Census Area" has suddenly been reporting new  cases almost daily on the state's official covid report. 

But then, so have lots of other friendly and harmless-sounding Alaskan towns. Like Sutton, Cordova, Skagway, Anchor Point, Big Lake and North Pole.
 

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