State disaster declaration ends, airport COVID testing now optional


February 18, 2021

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 optional rather than mandatory, except in those communities with their own rules.

The Alaska Legislature was unable to agree on a new disaster authorization for the governor, who declined to issue a declaration without legislative action.

"As of now we will continue with airport screening and testing, it will now just be optional rather than mandatory for out-of-state travelers," according to a...

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