In mid-May, 231 of the nation’s 3,143 counties had reported no cases of COVID-19

This week, as new infections surged across the continental U.S., to the tune of 160,000 cases a day nationwide — and with 16,841 in Hawaii and 25,369 in Alaska — only Kalawao had yet to report a single infection.
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PHOTO: The Kalaupapa settlement is located on a peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific ocean on three sides, with towering 1,600-foot sea cliffs blocking access to the rest of the island. (Courtesy Dr. Glenn Wasserman)
PHOTO: The Kalaupapa settlement is located on a peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific ocean on three sides, with towering 1,600-foot sea cliffs blocking access to the rest of the island. (Courtesy Dr. Glenn Wasserman)
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One hundred and fifty-five years earlier, in 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii passed a law forcing patients with Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, into an isolated settlement on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Located on a peninsula, the Kalaupapa settlement is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, with towering 1,600-foot sea cliffs blocking access to the rest of the island.

In 1969, Hawaii abolished the isolation laws that had imprisoned Kalaupapa patients and promised them lifelong health care, social services and the option to stay on at the settlement if they chose to. Of the 8,000 patients who came to Kalaupapa during its 100 years of operation, only 12 remain, according to Dr. Glenn Wasserman, chief of communicable disease at the state health department.

Today the secluded 75-person community on Hawaii’s most inaccessible island is the only place in the United States that COVID-19 hasn’t infiltrated.

PHOTO: In this undated file photo, a hiker makes her way down a descent on the Kalaupapa sea cliff trail to Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Hawaii. (Mark Edward Harris/Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: In this undated file photo, a hiker makes her way down a descent on the Kalaupapa sea cliff trail to Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Hawaii. (Mark Edward Harris/Getty Images, FILE)
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“Thank you for the good news!” Wasserman said when reached by phone on Thursday.

Still, Wasserman cautioned against reading too deeply into the statistics.

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