All the States That Had No Coronavirus Deaths Last Week
These are the U.S. states, territories, and commonwealths that recorded zero recent COVID-19 deaths.
In the United States, over 110,000 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. But though that number will continue to rise, there are encouraging statistics coming out of some states and territories. According to NBC News, 15 of them had fewer than 10 deaths in the last seven days. Of those, three states, three territories, and one commonwealth had no coronavirus deaths last week. Read on to find out how they're keeping their numbers low. And for more on how to stay safe, This Is the Easiest Thing You Can Do to Cut Your Coronavirus Risk in Half.
As of publishing, the state of Vermont had only reported 55 coronavirus deaths, none of which occurred in the past seven days. Some lockdown restrictions are being lifted now, with restaurants allowed to open for indoor dining and hotels and campgrounds able to operate at 50 percent capacity, per the Burlington Free Press. For more information, here's The Real Reason Why Coronavirus Numbers Are Surging in Some States.
Across the islands making up Hawaii, only 17 total deaths have been reported. Last week, there were none. The total amount of cases reported stands at 675, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Early in the pandemic, Governor David Ige put a mandatory 14-day quarantine rule in place for any travelers coming to Hawaii. The Los Angeles Times reports that this and stay-at-home orders are expected to hold through the end of June.
Alaska has only reported a total of 10 coronavirus deaths so far. This state also has a two-week mandatory quarantine in place for travelers, with one exception. You can provide the negative results of your COVID-19 test in order to pass into Alaska without having to isolate for that time, per BGR.com. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
U.S. Virgin Islands
A mere six reported cases have been reported by the U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, as well as dozens of smaller islands. The islands are open to tourists again as of the beginning of this month, though steps are being taken to keep the risk of infection down. Hotels won't feature buffets or mini bars; guests and employees will wear masks; and certain public areas will be closed, according to the Caribbean Journal. For tips on how to travel safely, check out 7 Danger Zones in Hotels You Need to Avoid, According to Experts.
Five coronavirus deaths have occurred in Guam since the pandemic began. Per the The New York Times, in early 2020, the island promoted itself as a "coronavirus-free" travel destination, but was soon forced to close itself off to tourists and go on lockdown. The territory has also been in the news as it provided a port for the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy aircraft carrier whose crew was besieged by the virus, and accommodations for its sailors.
Northern Mariana Islands
This commonwealth of the United States consists of 14 Pacific islands and has only reported two total COVID-19 deaths. Flights in and out of the area were suspended in early April. Schools were also closed through the end of the year, and a mandatory 7 p.m. curfew was initiated in March.
American Samoa has reported no coronavirus deaths so far. Per The New York Times, the success the Polynesian island has had in battling the virus is due to several precautionary measures, including closing itself off to travelers and maintaining social distancing rules that residents were already in the habit of respecting because of a recent measles outbreak. Now, anyone without a U.S. passport who wants to travel to the area has to quarantine in Hawaii for two weeks before entering.