According to a new report, the coronavirus has now infected all 3,006 counties in the United States.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the last county to record positive cases was the smallest county in the United States: Karavo County, a remote island enclave in Hawaii established in the 1860s to serve leprosy patients.
Kalawao’s first case was recorded on December 10, after a resident returned to the county from a trip to Honolulu and received a positive COVID result.
The five leprosy patients, all of whom are elderly, are considered high-risk groups, and they still live in Caravo.
However, so far, the county has managed to avoid further spread, and those who test positive will immediately warn the authorities and quarantine.
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Since then, the virus has continued to spread across the country, infecting more than 24 million Americans and killing 400,000 people.
According to the Wall Street Journal, data released by Johns Hopkins shows that COVID-19 has now reached 48 consecutive states and every county in Hawaii.
Although Alaska has no official county, its own virus data dashboard shows cases in all municipalities and census areas in the state.
The last county to record cases is the smallest county in the United States: Karavo County (above) is a remote island enclave in Hawaii, established in the 1860s for leprosy patients
In 1866, during the reign of Kamehameha V, the Hawaiian legislature passed a law designating the Molokai area as a leprosy colony, where patients severely affected by the disease were Forced isolation
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In 1866, during the reign of Kamehameha V, the Hawaiian legislature passed a law designating the Molokai District as the seat of the leprosy colony, where it can be isolated from leprosy (also (Called Hansen’s disease) severely affects patients to prevent them from infecting others.
At the time, the disease was little known: it was considered highly contagious and was incurable before antibiotics appeared. The communities where leprosy patients live are managed by the health committee, which appoints the person in charge of the island.
At the peak of the region, about 1,200 men, women, and children were exiled.
The segregation law promulgated by Kamehameha V existed until it was repealed in 1969.
Father Damian-or St. Damian of Molokai, the Catholic priest, settled there in 1873.
He took care of the enclave residents for 11 years, helped them dress up the disease, make coffins, dig graves and eat next to them, and then personally spread the disease.
Despite the infection, he continued to work, but eventually died of the disease on April 15, 1889.
Father Damian was canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009. He is considered a spiritual protector for leprosy and homeless people.
The day of his death (April 15) was also a small vacation in Hawaii.
After the end of the 1969 Isolation Act, the state assembly considered closing the facility completely. However, after a public outcry, they allowed residents who wanted to stay there to do so for life.
Those who oppose the closure movement pointed out that although the colony has no active cases of leprosy, many residents have suffered physical scars from the disease, making it difficult or impossible for them to integrate into mainstream society.
Five residents remain in the facility, with an average age of 86.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the virus first plagued major densely populated cities (such as New York City and Los Angeles), and then eventually spread to sparsely populated rural counties a few months later.
By November, the coronavirus had reached the second largest county in Love County, Texas, with a population of only 169.
The following month, Kalawao, the smallest county in the United States, became the last county to record cases of the disease.
The inaccessible enclave of Little Molokai was established in 1866 to house thousands of lepers (now known as Hansen’s disease) who were forced into exile.
Father Patrick Kililla, the pastor of St. Francis Church in Kalaupapa, the county town, told The Wall Street Journal that the remote nature of the enclave had kept the virus in the Gulf for approximately 11 months.
He said this is an isolated place. “We know that the cliffs and the ocean protect us.”
According to Kilila, the county has limited contact with the outside world.
If they want to reach other parts of Molokai, only about 70 residents are forced to fly or climb a path along the county’s towering cliffs.
The Wall Street Journal stated that the settlement also relied on the annual barge to visit important supplies.
However, despite the county’s isolation, the Hawaiian health department took steps to block the settlement because COVID-19 began to raging in nursing homes in the United States early last year.
According to reports, in addition to various other safety measures, the state health department also conducted a limited visit to the county to protect the last five Hansen’s disease patients remaining in the county.
The five patients can freely enter and leave the county, with an average age of 86 years. Some of these patients have serious health conditions and are considered high-risk groups for COVID-19.
However, despite the measures taken by health officials, the county reported its first case of the virus on December 10.
The infected person was a resident, and apparently contracted the virus while outside the enclave, but their positive cases were found after returning home.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the patient is asymptomatic. According to reports, they received a COVID test in Honolulu but only got a positive result after returning to Kalalopapa County.
It is worth noting that the county managed to avoid an outbreak after the isolation of the infected person and the three close contacts who landed.
At its peak, about 1,200 boys and girls were exiled to enclaves.
Father Damian (left) or St. Damian of the Catholic priest Molokai settled there in 1873. He cared for the enclave residents for 11 years, helped them dress up the disease, make coffins, dig graves and eat next to them before they contracted the disease.Myself
After the end of the 1969 Isolation Act, the state assembly considered closing the facility completely. However, after a public outcry, they allowed residents who wanted to stay there to do so for life.Five people left
An official from the Hawaii Department of Health called this man a “hero” in order to quickly report his case and quarantine.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 24,551 COVID-19 cases have been reported throughout the state of Hawaii, and 322 people have died. The state’s current test positive rate is the second lowest in the country, at 2.4%. The lowest is Vermont, at 2.3.
Every municipality and census area on the Alaska Coronavirus dashboard is also showing cases. The state’s current test positive rate is 3.1%-the fourth lowest in the country.
Skagway is one of the last administrative districts in Alaska to be infected by the virus. The city is home to about 1,000 people, but attracts more than one million visitors each year.
Since the nearest hospital is about an hour’s drive from the plane, when the pandemic began, the authorities acted quickly to protect the area from the virus, realizing that the local outbreak could be catastrophic.
However, the virus finally arrived in mid-October after Mike O’Daniel was brought back from Anchorage with his wife after visiting an unrelated hospital.
In Alaska, one of the last boroughs affected by the virus is Skagway in the southeastern part of the state, which has about 1,000 people
O’Daniel told the Wall Street Journal that soon after he returned to China, some of his family members fell ill-including his 93-year-old mother.
Fortunately, even though his brother was temporarily tied up in an intensive care unit in Seattle, his entire family survived.
Since the O’Daniel case, Skagway has also reported 16 cases of the virus.
The 73-year-old hardware store worker said he quickly alerted local officials about the local situation.
‘This is a small town; he said, everyone will find the answer. “I will protect my friends as soon as possible.”
Preliminary data released on Thursday showed that 2020 will be the deadliest year in American history.
A record 3,260,397 deaths last year, public health experts say this was due to COVID-19, indirect pandemic deaths and overdose.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this number is about 15% higher than the 2,835,533 Americans who died in 2019.
Among other deadly years in American history, 1,430,079 people died in 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic year and the end of World War I. The deadliest year of the Second World War was 1,459,544 deaths in 1943, and 1,930,082 when the Vietnam War broke out in 1968.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there will be 347,341 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States by 2020.
Since then, more than 58,000 people have died from the virus, bringing the death toll to more than 406,000-more than the total number of Americans who lost their lives in the First World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.