Wrangell is experiencing unprecedented levels of COVID-19 cases, local officials said late Tuesday. There have been at least 10 positive cases since Monday, with at least 15 active cases on the island.
Wrangell’s emergency operations center says it’s been advised there is a likelihood these active cases are part of a cluster.
As Alaska public health officials are dealing with a high case count across the state, COVID-positive individuals are being asked to reach out to close contacts to advise them of potential exposure.
A total of 10 new cases were reported on Tuesday, a mix of residents and visitors in the community. The infected are reportedly experiencing mild symptoms and are isolating, officials said.
State health authorities list Wrangell’s COVID-19 alert level as “high.” Most of Alaska is on high alert as public health officials reckon with rapid spread fueled by the delta variant.
Wrangell’s city hall and landfill were closed briefly last week due to potential exposure. But Wrangell officials say all city services are functioning normally.
Wrangell officials are asking anyone experiencing cold-like symptoms to get a COVID-19 test. Asymptomatic testing is available daily at the airport during Alaska Airlines arrivals. Anyone with symptoms or other COVID-related questions can call the SEARHC Wrangell Medical Center at 874-7000.