CASE COUNT: During the last 7 days, the State has reported 1,110 new cases, 39 hospitalizations and no deaths within Alaska. Wrangell currently has 2 active cases of COVID-19 in the community. Thank you for all your efforts to prevent the spread during our recent outbreak. According to the State’s Alert Levels, the Northern SE Region (which includes Wrangell) is in the Intermediate Alert level. You can visit the data hub at data.coronavirus.alaska.gov. For local information, including the daily case count, you can visit wrangellcovid19.org.
If you are in quarantine or isolation, please take advantage of delivery services offered at grocery stores and SEARHC pharmacy. Please let the store or pharmacy know that they should leave your items at the door so as to avoid any interactions. If you are in need of resources or services to help you during your quarantine or isolation, please contact the Wrangell EOC at 874-COVI (2684).
Any businesses that are interested in window signs informing customers of your store’s COVID mitigation policies, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL ORDINANCES: Wrangell has 2 local ordinances in place that require testing prior to or upon arrival in Wrangell – that includes travelers coming in from within the state and from out of state. There is also a quarantine option instead of testing for Alaska residents only. Fully-vaccinated individuals are not required to test before travel or after arriving into Wrangell. However, it is highly recommended that fully-vaccinated travelers who are planning on attending any gathering within 14 days after arriving where at-risk individuals may be in attendance, go ahead and test at the Wrangell Airport upon arrival and quarantine until those results are received. Travelers coming in on the Alaska Marine Highway can test at the airport at the next available jet arrival. Any incoming traveler can get a free COVID test upon arrival, even when it is not required.
Please fill out the Travel Declaration in the online travel portal at https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/ before arriving in Wrangell.
Wrangell has a local mask ordinance that requires individuals over age 2 to wear a mask at all indoor public settings and communal spaces. 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 email@example.com 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 covid19.searhc.org. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine is now available in Wrangell. Please provide a valid email when you register, and you will receive an email notification to schedule your appointment. 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.
Approximately 57% of the eligible population in Wrangell has been vaccinated. With each vaccination, we’re getting closer to being able to put the pandemic behind us, but we’re not there yet. Please stay vigilant by following 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.
Tonight, Wed 4/28 from 6pm – 7pm, Alaska’s health department will hold a free online webinar to discuss the pending authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for youth age 12-15. There’s no need to register in advance. This is a Q&A format intended for the general public as well as health care providers. Please see the City & Borough of Wrangell or KSTK Facebook page for the link to the webinar. https://alaska.zoom.us/j/81647389418…
TESTING: If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and contact SEARHC for testing. The uncontrolled spread of COVID can have negative impacts on the well-being of residents and the local economy. Symptoms may start 2-14 days after exposure.
Both asymptomatic and symptomatic testing can be arranged by calling the Wrangell Medical Center M-F at 874-7000. Free asymptomatic testing is also available twice a day at the Wrangell airport during jet arrival. If you have been vaccinated, but are experiencing symptoms, it’s still important to get tested as the vaccines are not 100% effective.