COVID testing (KSTK file photo)

Wrangell’s Senior Center has postponed reopening its dining room as the island’s COVID-19 cases continue to see their largest spike to date. 

As of Sunday evening, the city announced two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total known active case count in the community to 33.

Health officials in Wrangell say some of the cases are due to community spread, meaning they are not identifiable as a close contact of a previously known case. 

People who test positive are being asked to inform their own close contacts, as state Public Health workers are backlogged with the uptick in cases across Alaska. Wrangell’s closest neighbor, Petersburg, is currently coming down from its own largest COVID spike of the pandemic, with an active case count of 76 as of mid-day Friday.

Wrangell’s municipal facilities including City Hall, Parks & Rec, and the public library have a face-covering mandate in place. The school district also requires masks in its facilities. 

Wrangell also requires unvaccinated travelers entering the community to test and quarantine pending test results.

While the Senior Center is closed to in-person dining, meal delivery is still available. The Senior Center can be reached at 907-874-2066.

For Wrangellites without symptoms, testing is available from 12 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the SEARHC testing trailer in the parking lot of the Wrangell Medical Center. 

And anyone 5 and older wanting to get vaccinated against COVID-19 can sign up to receive a vaccine by calling the Wrangell Medical Center at 907-874-7000. SEARHC is also offering COVID vaccine boosters to adults.    

Get in touch with KSTK at or (907) 874-2345.