The trillion-dollar question is how to hold off COVID-19 while reviving the economy.
The successful response to the novel coronavirus to date — at least in Alaska — is due to individuals acting responsibly, and for every individual that represents something slightly different.
And for every state, and for their communities, it varies.
Alaska is one of the states that has done the finest job of limiting the spread of the virus. No new cases were reported statewide Wednesday.
Neither did Ketchikan report any positive tests on Wednesday, although about 60 results are pending, largely due to the drive-up testing now available at the downtown port. The drive-up opportunity was presented Tuesday. It continues through Thursday this week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As the nation opens for business — where it does — it is important that the states determine when and how is appropriate. What works for Alaska might not work well for California, New York, Florida or any other highly populated state.
It’s also different for the communities in each state. Anchorage isn’t Ketchikan. Ketchikan’s island location has a built-in barrier to the Outside, particularly when travel and quarantine restrictions take place.
Ketchikan hasn’t had any new cases reported in nearly four weeks. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case in Anchorage.
The difference between the two means that Ketchikan should be able to begin taking bigger strides to resume the exchange of goods and services within its boundaries.
Each state and every city, town and village is different. To some extent, in order to rebuild the economy sooner rather than later, those communities with low COVID numbers should be handled differently than those where restrictions should stay in place longer.
Like educators often point out: Every kid is different. They learn and grow differently.
So do communities.