I am so jealous. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

One-hundred days have passed since New Zealand recorded a case of the novel coronavirus caused by local transmission, the country’s health ministry announced on Sunday.

“It has been 100 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source,” the ministry said in a statement. “No additional cases are reported as having recovered, so there are still 23 active cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation facilities.”

The 100-day milestone comes as regions throughout the world continue to weather outbreaks and rising case counts. As of Sunday morning, more than 19.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, were reported worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

In Australia, which neighbors New Zealand, lockdown measures were recently instituted in some regions because of surging infection rates.

New Zealand, a country with roughly 5 million people, has meanwhile emerged as a success story. The country implemented a number of lockdown measures in March, including the shuttering of non-essential businesses and bans on mass gatherings, as the disease spread. But by late April, health officials expressed confidence that they had eliminated community transmission of the virus.

“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the time.

Every time I read anything about how well New Zealand is doing I go green with envy. 

I know that America is a lot different than New Zealand, but by this point, there is simply no reason that we could not be celebrating some similar successes. 

I mean we may not have been quite at the point where we could celebrate 100 days with no community spread of the virus, but we could certainly have been at the 30 or 45-day mark. 

And as for Alaska, well we could have easily matched the success they are having in New Zealand, or even exceeded it. 

All it really takes is intelligent confidence leadership, and it seems as if that is in short supply in many parts of this country.