Wrangell 15-9-2021 COVID-19 Update – KSTK
NUMBER OF CASES: Wrangell currently has 1 active case of COVID-19 in the community. In the past 7 days, the state has reported 4,553 new cases, 97 hospitalizations and 15 deaths in Alaska. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all increased and Alaska is seeing a record number of people hospitalized due to COVID. For information about the state, visit the Alaska COVID-19 Information Center. For local information, including daily case counts and press releases, you can visit wrangellcovid19.org.
LOCAL ORDERS: Wrangell has a facial coverage requirement in place for all city facilities until September 24e. This is for all staff who work in city facilities and all customers who enter city facilities.
Wrangell also has a local ordinance in place that requires pre-arrival or upon arrival testing in Wrangell for travelers arriving from out of state. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to be tested before traveling or after arriving in Wrangell. Travelers using the Alaska Sea Route can take a test at the airport on the next available arrival jet. Any incoming traveler can get a free COVID test upon arrival, even when it is not required.
If you are testing upon arrival, please log into the Safe Travels app prior to arrival to register for a free COVID-19 test at https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/.
It is a federal requirement that all travelers must wear a face cover in all transit hubs and on all public transportation.
VACCINE: Anyone 12 years and older who wishes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can register at covid19.searhc.org. If you have any questions or cannot register electronically, please call Wrangell Medical Center at 874-7000 or call the SEARHC COVID Hotline at 907.966.8799.
65% of the eligible population of Wrangell has been vaccinated.
Wrangell Medical Center offers a 3e dose for immunocompromised people. If you think you qualify for a 3e dose and you have not been contacted by Wrangell Medical Center, please contact them at 874-7000.
Wrangell Medical Center will prepare for a backup fire campaign later this month.
Erin Michael, Public Health Nurse will be in town on Friday October 1st at the Wrangell Public Health Center at 215 Front Street. Call 772-4611 to make appointments for immunizations, birth control and STD screening for people up to 29 years old, children’s exams for children up to 6 years old, and tuberculosis screening and medications for all ages. She will also have a table at the Saturday market on October 2 where she will provide information on COVID and Narcan vaccines. If you would like to receive your vaccine, you can go to the market – no appointment necessary.
In addition to getting the vaccine, other measures that can help prevent or slow the spread include: staying home when you have NO symptoms, wearing a mask indoors in the presence of people other than family members. your immediate home, minimize the number of gatherings you attend, get tested as soon as you show symptoms, and following CDC and public health guidelines if you contract COVID or are in close contact with someone infected with COVID.
TRIAL: If you have any symptoms, please stay home and contact Wrangell Medical Center for a test.
Asymptomatic and symptomatic testing can be arranged by calling Wrangell Medical Center MF at 874-7000. Free asymptomatic testing is also available twice a day at Wrangell Airport when the jet arrives. If you have been vaccinated but are showing symptoms, it is still important to get tested because vaccines are not 100% effective.
If you need masks or other resources, or have questions regarding COVID (including travel questions), contact the EOC at [email protected] or by calling 874-COVI (874-2684) .
If you are in segregation or quarantine and want help with your groceries, if you want someone to bring you games or movies or help you with groceries, contact the Wrangell support group. Local COVID. This is a group of volunteers ready to help you make your time in isolation or quarantine a little easier. They can be contacted through the Facebook group called Wrangell COVID Support or contact Julie Ostrander at 907-660-7506. Thank you to the volunteers for providing this service to the community and for making life easier for people in quarantine and isolation.