Wrangell Middle (back left) and High Schools (right), February 2021. (Sage Smiley / KSTK)

This article has been updated with additional information about school closures.

Wrangell’s schools will switch to distance learning Friday after city emergency officials say they have new evidence of community spread of COVID-19.

The district released a statement that student activities would be cancelled until further notice, but added that Wrangell schools will be in session tomorrow (Thursday, February 25).

And the city’s indoor recreational facilities — including the swimming pool – will remain closed through at least March 8. 

Wrangell officials reported a COVID-positive resident who has not recently left the island on Wednesday afternoon. The patient is reportedly in isolation with mild symptoms. 

A statement from the city advises against all non-essential travel.

Wrangell school district officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

This case is one of three active cases in town currently, and the 32nd case overall since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wrangellites who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have other COVID-related questions can call SEARHC’s COVID-19 hotline at (907) 966-8799. 

And registration is open to all Wrangell adults who want to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Sign up at COVID19.searhc.org. People waiting for vaccinations will be emailed when an appointment slot is available.

Get in touch with KSTK at news@kstk.org or (907) 874-2345.