There are at least six active COVID-19 cases in Wrangell as officials warn of evidence of community spread. 

But the latest case announced Friday is reportedly a close contact of one of the half-dozen infected people.

Wrangell officials warned Thursday they couldn’t trace the origin of some of the recent cases. That suggests there are infected people in Wrangell who may be unwittingly spreading the coronavirus. 

Wrangell Public Schools posted on social media Thursday that one of the cases was identified in the elementary school. Classes remained open on Friday

Wrangell officials are asking community members to mask up, social distance, and stay home if exhibiting symptoms. To date, there have been at least 43 confirmed cases in Wrangell since the onset of the pandemic more than a year ago. There have been no confirmed deaths of residents.

Free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available to the community every day at the airport during scheduled Alaska Airlines arrivals (around 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.). 

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

Registration is open to all people in Wrangell over the age of 16 who want to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Sign up at You’ll be emailed when an appointment slot is available. 

Get in touch with KSTK at or (907) 874-2345.