Wrangell officials announced one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday evening, bringing the total active case count in the community to nine. Eight previous cases recovered over the weekend. 

Officials added that the state Public Health office informed the EOC that this is a case of community spread. 

Officials are requesting that Wrangellites take precautionary measures to slow this outbreak — mask up, keep social circles small, and avoid going into public spaces unless necessary. The borough assembly passed a mask ordinance over the weekend, which requires face coverings in Wrangell’s indoor, public spaces.

This brings Wrangell’s total number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic to 56. 

Free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available to the community every day at the airport during jet arrivals (around 11 a.m. and 4 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 covid19.searhc.org. You’ll be emailed when an appointment slot is available. 

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