The total number of detected resident COVID-19 cases in Wrangell is twelve. Of those, 9 have recovered and 3 are still active and in isolation. The total number of detected Alaska resident cases is 2,797. Of that number, approximately 30% have recovered. These numbers do not include non-resident cases. To date, 125 people in Alaska have been hospitalized. Currently there are 45 COVID positive patients and persons under investigation being hospitalized with COVID across Alaska. Data is available at https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/
SEARHC continues to offer free community testing Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 3:00 at the AICS Clinic as well as at Heritage Harbor Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 to noon.
Contract tracing is bogged down throughout the state. It is strongly recommended that you track the people you’ve been in close contact with on a daily basis. It is likely that if you contract COVID-19, you will be asked to provide information of who you’ve been in close contact with.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly is holding a Special Assembly Meeting on August 4 at 6:00 pm to discuss a possible face covering mandate. The public is encouraged to participate. Contact Aleisha Mollen at 907 874-2381 before 3:00 pm on August 4th if you’d like to be added to Person’s To Be Heard.
Governor Dunleavy has issued another travel mandate. Beginning August 11, all non-residents entering the state of Alaska must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Testing at the local airport will no longer be available for non-residents when the arrive in Alaska. Residents can still receive a COVID test when arriving at Alaska airports.
This information provided by Jamie Roberts with the Wrangell Emergency Operations Center. This is not a full transcript, just the highlights. Please listen to the audio posted above for Jamie’s complete update.