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 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 11, 2023

State report says two-thirds of Alaska adults are overweight or obese

Alaskans have high rates of chronic health conditions that can lead to death, and they are failing to follow lifestyles that would keep those chronic conditions at bay, according to a newly released state report. Two-thirds of Alaska adults are... Full story


Simple test strip can help save lives

There isn’t any proof that fentanyl has made its way to Wrangell, but Police Chief Tom Radke has no doubt that the drug is present in the community. “I’m sure it’s here,” he says. “It would be foolish to say it’s not.” It also would be foolish for...


WCA distributes fentanyl test strips to reduce chances of overdose deaths

The Wrangell Cooperative Association is taking steps to reduce the harm caused by fentanyl, opiates and other illegal drugs by providing free resources to community members experiencing addiction. As of Sept. 26, fentanyl test strips are available...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

SEARHC schedules flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The SEARHC Wrangell Medical Center wants to help the community prepare for the respiratory illness season and will offer flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics this fall and also provide RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine shots as soon as they...


Alaska saw big increase in flu cases last fall and winter

After a period when COVID-19 restrictions halted the spread of other respiratory diseases, Alaska had a big increase in influenza cases last fall and winter, state data shows. The overall influenza case load during the 2022-23 season was much higher... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 5, 2023

State surveillance finds new tick species moving into Alaska

More than 2,000 ticks collected over a decade in Alaska revealed a pattern: New tick species are being introduced to the state, often through dogs traveling from the south. They're joining the... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 24, 2023

COVID vaccinations effective in preventing hospitalizations in rural Alaska

In southwestern Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, which has some of the nation’s worst water and sanitation service and most overcrowded housing, vaccines proved to be valuable safeguards against the worst ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, acc... Full story


E-cigarette use by young Alaskans tripled between 2016 and 2021

Alaska posted the nation’s highest rate of increase in electronic cigarette use by young adults from 2016 to 2021, according to a report tracking patterns in all 50 states. The rate of e-cigarette use by Alaskans in that age group more than t... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    March 22, 2023

CDC study finds Alaska Natives have highest colon cancer rate in the world

Alaska Natives continued to have the world’s highest rates of colorectal cancer as of 2018, and case rates failed to decline significantly for the two decades leading up to that year, according to a newly published study. The study, by experts from t... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    March 15, 2023

Hospital implements masking requirement as respiratory illnesses circulate

Due to an increase in respiratory disease rates —including COVID-19 — throughout Southeast and in Wrangell, the Wrangell Medical Center has re-implemented a mandatory masking policy for its visitors, patients and staff. “It was in response to what...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 8, 2023

Cruise ship schedule shows substantial gain over 2019 numbers

The past three summers have been lean for Alaska cruise ship tourism, but Wrangell’s 2023 draft cruise schedule shows a substantial gain in traffic compared to the 2019 pre-pandemic season. There are 132 scheduled stops this summer, with a c...

 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Schools drop COVID testing requirement for traveling athletes

As part of its ongoing review and update of the schools’ mitigation plan, the Wrangell School District has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for athletes traveling for games. The requirement was dropped at the start of the year. Schools S...


Health care providers watching for flu and other viral infections

Though the combined impacts of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza have burdened medical facilities nationwide, seasonal flu cases appear to be plateauing in Alaska, though activity remains high. Wrangell has largely managed to...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    January 4, 2023

Alaska teens increasingly substitute vaping for cigarettes

Alaska teens have largely ditched cigarettes over the past two decades, but they have substituted that unhealthy habit with another: vaping. About 25% of surveyed high schoolers reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to... Full story


SEARHC plans COVID booster vaccination clinics for Dec. 9 and 16

Residents are invited to reserve a spot at the Wrangell Medical Center’s COVID-19 booster vaccination clinics planned for Dec. 9 and 16. Though infection rates in Wrangell and across Alaska have declined this fall, health officials are advising t...


State euthanizes black bear cub infected with avian flu

JUNEAU (AP) — A black bear cub in Southeast Alaska was euthanized after it became ill with avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. It is believed that the cub, which was located in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park a...


SEARHC offers guidance for maintaining mental well-being as winter approaches

Whether it’s a pesky case of the winter blues or a more serious health condition, Brooke Reynolds of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has words of encouragement for community members who are starting to feel the effects of the c...

 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Water therapy provides relief from arthritis aches and pains

At first glance, the water therapy class in the Parks and Recreation swimming pool might look like a group of people just standing around in the water. But, like ducks on a pond, there's much more...


SEARHC lab receives perfect score from national accreditor

Doctors may get all the attention, hefty salaries and steamy medical TV shows, but they are not the only health care professionals who play essential roles in the real-life drama of a hospital....

 By Marc Lutz    News    October 5, 2022

SEARHC to hold flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 22

Despite a global COVID-19 pandemic the past two and a half years, influenza — the flu — is still among us. To that end, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will hold a flu clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Wrangell Medical Cen...


COVID boosters soon available through SEARHC

The Wrangell Medical Clinic expects to receive doses of the new COVID booster this week or next, according to Randi Yancey, medical office coordinator at the clinic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available once the shipment arrives....

 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

District updates COVID mitigation plan ahead of first day of school

A change to the school district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan calls for a reduction in testing and an increased focus on students and staff staying “symptom-free.” During the school board meeting Aug. 15, Schools Superintendent Bill Burr detailed what...

 By Sentinel staff    News    August 10, 2022

At-sea COVID cases drop back down to summer average

After a mid-July surge to 1,021 COVID-19 infections among tourists at sea in a single week, the state Health Department reports the case count the past two weeks fell to an average of 550 per week. The record number of infections among...

 By Larry Persily    News    July 27, 2022

COVID cases among non-residents aboard ships highest all summer

The COVID-19 case count in Wrangell dropped last week to less than half the number of the previous week, but the infection numbers for cruise ship travelers to Alaska was double the rate of the previous four weeks. A highly infectious variant of the...


Wrangell has recorded 20% of COVID cases in past 3 months

Of Wrangell’s 667 COVID-19 cases reported to state health authorities since the count started in March 2020, almost 20% — 128 infections — have been recorded in just the past three months. That is double the statewide average, which shows about...


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