CASE COUNT: Wrangell currently has 1 active case of COVID-19 in the community. During the last 7 days, the State has reported 5,836 new cases, 96 hospitalizations and 29 recent deaths within Alaska. It’s nice to see the number of cases starting to decrease, however hospitalizations and deaths are increasing and Alaska is still experiencing widespread community transmission throughout the state. For State information, visit the Alaska COVID-19 Information Hub. For local information, including the daily case count & press releases, you can visit wrangellcovid19.org.
LOCAL ORDINANCES: The Borough’s Face Covering Requirement has been extended until Oct 31. All staff and patrons must wear face coverings in all City facilities.
The EOC would like to remind the community that all incoming travelers aged 11+ are required to test prior to or upon arrival in Wrangell. This applies to all travelers arriving from in state and from out of state by air, ferry, water taxis, or private and personal transportation. Fully-vaccinated individuals are not required to test before travel or after arriving into Wrangell, but it is strongly recommended. Travelers can test for free at the Wrangell Medical Center Monday-Saturday from noon-4pm; no appointment necessary. Any incoming traveler can get a free COVID test upon arrival, even when it is not required.
It is a Federal requirement that all travelers must wear a face covering at all transportation hubs and on all public transportation.
VACCINE: Anyone 12 years and older who is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can register at covid19.searhc.org. If you have any questions or cannot register electronically, please call the Wrangell Medical Center at 874-7000.
67% of the eligible population in Wrangell has been vaccinated.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the other measures that can help prevent or slow the spread are: staying home when you have ANY symptoms, wearing a mask when indoors around people other than your immediate household members, minimizing the number of gatherings you attend, getting tested as soon as you get symptoms, and following the guidance of the CDC and Public Health if you get COVID or are a close contact to someone who is infected with COVID.
TESTING: If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and contact Wrangell Medical Center M-F at 874-7000 for testing. If you have been vaccinated, but are experiencing symptoms, it’s still important to get tested as the vaccines are not 100% effective.
Free asymptomatic testing is available at the Wrangell Medical Center trailer M-Sa noon to 4pm. No appointment is necessary.
If you have not received your test results within 3 days, please call the SEARHC COVID Hotline at 907-966-8799 for assistance.
BUSINESS RESOURCES: If your business experienced hardship during the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the Alaska ARPA Business Relief Program. The deadline to apply is 8am on October 19, 2021. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit www.commerce.alaska.gov and click on the AKARP Business Relief Program on the main page. https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/AK-ARPABusinessReliefProgram
COMMUNITY RESOURCES: If you need masks, electrostatic foggers for disinfecting, or other resources, or you have questions relating to COVID (including travel questions), contact the EOC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 874-COVI (874-2684).