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CASE COUNT: Wrangell currently has 1 active case of COVID-19 in the community. As of today, the total case count for the state of Alaska is 60,931 cases. That’s an increase of 1,014 cases from last week.  As of today, 1,350 people have required hospitalization. That includes 40 new hospitalizations over the last week. As of today, 307 Alaskans have died. Two of those deaths occurred during the last week. According to the State’s Alert Levels, the Northern SE Region (which includes Wrangell) is still in the High Alert level but, but the case rate is dropping every day. You can visit the data hub at  For local case information & resources, you can visit

LOCAL ORDINANCES:  Wrangell has 3 local ordinances in place:

EMERGENCY ORDINANCE 987 requires wearing a face covering in public indoor settings, and strongly urging other mitigation actions such as avoiding or limiting gatherings, using pick up services at restaurants, and reducing capacity for personal services.

EMERGENCY ORDINANCE 988 & 989 requires that all international and interstate travelers and all Intrastate travelers test prior to arrival or upon arrival, and strict social distance until test results are received.  Alaska residents may elect to not be tested, provided that they quarantine for 14 days after arrival.  It is recommended that travelers obtain a second test 5-14 days after arrival.  Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to travel, do not need to test for COVID if they provide proof of a previously positive result of a molecular-based test for SARS CoV2 within 90 days of departure, and they have been released from isolation, and they are currently asymptomatic.  

It is a Federal requirement that all travelers must wear a face covering at all transportation hubs and on all public transportation.

Any questions regarding travel can be submitted to or by calling 874-COVI (874-2684).

VACCINE:  All residents aged 16 years and older that are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can register at Please provide a valid email when you register, and you will receive an email notification to schedule your appointment. New clinics will be added as more vaccine supplies arrive.  SEARHC is expecting to receive the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine this spring.  This is a single dose viral vector vaccine. They have not confirmed any dates as of this time. If you have any questions or cannot register electronically, please call the Wrangell Medical Center at 874-7000 or call the SEARHC COVID Hotline at 907.966.8799.

As of today, 978 Wrangell residents have been vaccinated; more than 85% of those individuals have completed the 2-dose series.  That means that just over 50% of the eligible population (persons age 16 & older) have been vaccinated. Since it is unknown whether vaccinated individuals might still be able to pass the virus on to others, it is still important for everyone to follow the recommended mitigation measures such as: wearing a mask, staying home when you are sick, delaying unnecessary travel, taking care of your health, keeping your social circle small, and washing your hands. 

Folks may be asking “why should I get vaccinated if I still have to use some of the mitigation measures as unvaccinated individuals?”  It is important to get vaccinated for the following reasons:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you from COVID-19 infection and severe disease. Even in a rare case where one does catch the virus, the vaccine will likely prevent you from becoming seriously ill and needing hospitalization.  In Wrangell, people needing hospitalization for COVID-19 get medevaced to another community, which can be very expensive.
  • Vaccination is a safer way to build immunity and is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
  • Protecting yourself also protects the people around you, like those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those who can’t get vaccinated — like infants, or people with weakened immune systems from things like chemotherapy for cancer.
  • The more people that are vaccinated results in fewer cases and less possibility for mutations to occur.
  • As more data becomes available, the CDC is providing guidance regarding fully-vaccinated individuals.  For example, CDC guidance states that fully-vaccinated individuals who are considered a close contact to an infectious individual do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.  They have also recently released guidance that highlights interactions that can be done without a mask in private settings.  We expect more guidance to be coming out over the next few weeks regarding what it means to be fully vaccinated.
  • Being vaccinated provides protection while traveling outside of Alaska for vacation and business, or being inside gyms, restaurants and theaters.

TESTING: If you have symptoms, it is important to seek testing as soon as possible.  Both asymptomatic and symptomatic testing can be arranged by calling the Wrangell Medical Center M-F at 874-7000.  If you have been vaccinated, but are experiencing symptoms, it’s still important to get tested. Asymptomatic testing is available twice a day at the Wrangell airport during jet arrival and departure.