The good news


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In the overall scheme of life, Alaska came through the first wave of the global pandemic basically untouched, according to a June summary from the state Division of Public Health.

The agency’s “Excess deaths associated with COVID-19, Alaska, January – May 2020” report recorded an increase of only three deaths over and above the 2017-2019 average for these months, and those three deaths are lost in the annual variation of 171 deaths over the previous three years.

Past deaths ranged from a high of 1,980 last year to a low of 1,809 in 2017, according to the report, which has gone largely unreported as most of the news in the 49th state has focused on a second wave of infections and death.