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CASE COUNT:  During the last 7 days, the State has reported 818 new cases, 30 hospitalizations and 1 death within Alaska. Wrangell currently has 2 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.  According to the State’s Alert Levels, the Northern SE Region (which includes Wrangell) is in the Low Alert level. You can visit the data hub at  For local information, including the daily case count, you can visit

VARIANTS: Alaska has evidence of 3 different variants that have entered into the State.  The B.1.1.7 (UK) variant has been introduced into Alaska at least 20 different times, mostly in the Anchorage/MatSu region and also in Southeast and Interior Alaska.  Its introduction has resulted in community transmission, which is not surprising since it is the dominant variant in the United States.  Alaska has seen one case of the P.1 (Brazil) variant in the State in the Southwest region.  There is no evidence at this time that community transmission of the P.1 variant is occurring in Alaska.  Through April 24th the total number Statewide of B. 1.1.7 (UK) cases is 31, P.1 (Brazil) is 9 and the B 1.351 (South Africa) is 1. 

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.

If you will be testing upon arrival, please sign into the Safe Travels app prior to arrival to register for a free COVID-19 test at

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 and any visitors from out of state that are aged 16 years and older that are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can register at 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. 

In anticipation of the upcoming authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15, SEARHC is asking those interested to register for vaccination at  That will allow SEARHC to procure resources and be ready to schedule clinics to meet the demand.

On April 28th, Alaska’s health department held a free online webinar to discuss the pending authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for youth age 12-15. The replay is available here (ECHO archives) and here (Facebook).    

Approximately 1,130 Wrangell residents have at least received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.  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. 

Local communities across Alaska, with encouragement and support from the State of Alaska and Governor Mike Dunleavy, are together launching the Sleeves Up for Summer campaign, a community-driven campaign to increase COVID-19 vaccinations statewide by 25% during May. Let’s work together by rolling up our sleeves and putting the pandemic behind us.  With Alaskans’ help, the state can continue to be a nationwide leader in community immunization against COVID-19.

This increase in vaccinations can allow us to have a safer tourist season. 

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.