The 4 counties that haven't reported a single COVID-19 case

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The four counties in the United States that haven't reported a single COVID-19 case as of Oct. 16 are all sparsely populated and geographically isolated, according to ABC News

Those counties are: 

  • Esmeralda, Nev. (population: 981) 
  • Loving, Texas (102) 
  • Skagway, Alaska (1,061) 
  • Kalawao, Hawaii (75) 

While the counties point to their small populations as a strong deterrent of virus spread, local officials also described the vigilance exercised by residents and local healthcare providers to keep their counties free of COVID-19, including revised voting procedures for the election, limited gatherings, masking, social distancing and — for Skagway — a significant level of testing given its remote location. 

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