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 By Larry Persily    News    July 29, 2021 

COVID cases accelerate statewide

Wrangell’s half-dozen new COVID-19 cases July 15-27 are a small piece of a wave of infections spreading across Alaska, with more than 2,200 cases reported statewide during that same period. Most of the new cases are people who have not been...

 By Sentinel staff    News    July 29, 2021 

SEARHC encourages Alaskans to check out new options for low-cost health plans

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has joined the list of health care providers encouraging Alaskans to participate in the potentially money-saving special enrollment period for insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The...

 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

SEARHC requires vaccinations of all employees

As of last week, employees, contractors and volunteers with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which operates in Wrangell and 18 other communities, must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs or access to...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 3, 2021

City will pay for COVID testing of Sea Level employees

The borough again this summer will use federal funds to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing for Sea Level Seafoods employees. The borough assembly voted 4-3 at its May 25 meeting to appropriate up to $70,000 in federal funds to pay for testing this ye...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 27, 2021

Borough looks at options to use former hospital

Concerned with increasing cost estimates to repair and renovate the water-damaged 34-year-old public safety building, the borough assembly wants to explore a new option to see if it would be less expensive: Permanently move as many tenants as...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 20, 2021

Former hospital on possible standby as temporary home when public safety building undergoes major renovations

One option for the former Wrangell hospital building would be to use it as temporary quarters when the public safety building undergoes major renovations. There is no date set for the renovations, which have been estimated at more than $13 million,...

 By Sentinel staff    News    May 13, 2021

SEARHC urges children get vaccine

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is encouraging everyone over the age of 12 to register for their vaccination shots. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old....

 By Larry Persily    News    April 22, 2021

Wrangell under face mask ordinance through April 30

The community is under a face mask order for all indoor public spaces until 11:59 p.m. April 30, though the borough assembly removed any penalties from the ordinance. The April 8-16 outbreak of 16...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 15, 2021

Wrangell reports 9 COVID cases in 6 days

Wrangell tallied nine COVID-19 cases between last Thursday and late Tuesday afternoon, as the community is dealing with a spike in infections. "Health officials have found evidence of community...

 By Sentinel staff    News    April 15, 2021

Carly Allen takes over at Wrangell Medical Center

Leatha Merculieff, who has served both as SEARHC vice president and as Wrangell hospital administrator since SEARHC took over the facility in 2019, has been promoted to the consortium's senior vice...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 15, 2021

Wrangell back under face mask ordinance through April 30

Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces until 11:59 p.m. April 30 under an emergency ordinance approved unanimously by the borough assembly Saturday morning as the city responds to the COVID-19 breakout in town. The community tallied 16... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Long-married couple reunited after a pandemic year apart

"I think it was '52 that we got married, I met her just before," Elmer Mork said about his wife Patricia. "She was the 1950 queen, Fourth of July Queen. The first one. I'm kind of lucky to find a...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine available in Wrangell

The one-shot COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson recently became available in the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's network and is now in Wrangell. Carly Allen, clinic...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 25, 2021

COVID case moves middle, high schools to remote learning

Students at Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School will attend class remotely at least through Friday after a staff member at the secondary schools tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday....

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 25, 2021

Hospital contractors gift shaman's mask to new medical facility

The main contractors on the new Wrangell Medical Center have presented a shaman's apprentice mask to display in the facility. "Crafted with red cedar, abalone, operculum shells and horsehair, the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

SEARHC calls on younger people to get vaccine shot

SEARHC had more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than people registered to get the shot as of Tuesday, and is looking for younger people to sign up. While the state just last week dropped its...

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 18, 2021

City reports new COVID case

The city announced a new COVID-19 case Monday afternoon. “This individual is a local resident, is asymptomatic, and is now in isolation. There is no other information available at this time,” the city announcement said. Of the 36 cases Wrangell h... Full story

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 4, 2021

Over 600 fully vaccinated in Wrangell

More than 600 people in Wrangell have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC's COVID-19 website reported Tuesday morning...


Free asymptomatic testing at Wrangell airport

Free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will be available to all community members at Wrangell airport this weekend, starting Friday afternoon. In a Facebook post, the city announced that from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday... Full story


Hospital completes move to new building

Just shy of 20 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, the new $30 million Wrangell Medical Center is fully operational. The final department to relocate from the old quarters - emergency services...


State disaster declaration ends, airport COVID testing now optional

Testing for COVID-19 will continue at the Wrangell airport, and at other airports throughout Alaska, even though the state pandemic disaster declaration expired Sunday. However, the testing will be...


Chief medical officer explains basics of COVID-19 vaccines

As part of ongoing efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the chief medical officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium stood in front of a Wrangell audience -...


Fully vaccinated count reaches 325; almost 300 more with first dose

More than 600 Wrangell residents had received their first COVID-19 vaccination shot, and more than half of those had received their second dose, too, as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, the community's health...


Anti-tobacco message a winner in both communities

Anti-tobacco advocates thought a little friendly competition between Wrangell and Petersburg might draw attention to their message. "It's been a challenge to reach people because we're not having...


SEARHC educator makes case for tax on tobacco products

A local tax on tobacco products would be a "win-win-win" for Wrangell, a health educator said. Promoting public health is a win, as is reducing smoking among teens - plus the borough could gain a new...


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