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For more than a year now, the State of Alaska has delivered residents a steady diet of daily and weekly COVID-19 updates regarding case counts, hospitalizations, transmission rates, vaccine rates and much more – all broken down by age, region, sex and myriad other categories.

It’s time to stop.

As of June 7, the statewide COVID alert level is listed as “low,” with just 50 new cases identified and zero new hospitalizations. Zero. In fact, only 2.3% of all hospitalizations are among people who are COVID positive.

Thankfully, the state has announced that starting June 7, it is no longer doing daily updates of the COVID-19 Information Hub. Instead, that will be updated three times a week. The exception is hospital data and vaccine monitoring – which will continue with the dailies.

But why? Why do Alaskans need updates about paltry hospitalization rates and low case counts? More importantly, why do we need to know exactly how many Alaskans are vaccinated?

The reality is that most people who wanted to get the jab have it by now. The rest are probably not getting it, which is a tick under 50% of the state.

According to the latest data, areas with the lowest percentage of vaccinated residents – Mat-Su (32%), Fairbanks (40%) and Kenai (41%) – all have low transmission rates. Compare that to Juneau (67%) and other Southeast Regions (63%), which have some of the highest percentage of vaccinated residents. They are listed as having “intermediate” and “high” rates of transmission respectively.

The only reason to keep pushing this information on Alaskans is to nag and guilt them into finally submitting to the experimental COVID shot. By and large, that’s probably not going to work. The number of new vaccines has dwindled to a tiny daily trickle despite a massive campaign to push the free shots through monetary incentives, social privileges and not-so-inspiring summer vaccination video campaigns.

It’s time to stop desperately fanning the flickering embers of this tired pandemic narrative.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Enough already with the endless Alaska COVID updates

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.