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Wrangell adds another COVID case

Almost 3,000 new cases in Alaska the past two weeks


Borough officials late Friday afternoon reported the community's seventh COVID-19 case in the past two weeks.

"This individual is a Wrangell resident and is a close contact of a recent COVID positive case in Wrangell. It is unknown if this individual is symptomatic. The individual is isolating. No additional information is known at this time," the borough reported in a prepared statement.

"The total number of current active cases is at five," the statement said.

Increasingly higher case counts are being reported around Alaska, with state officials reporting almost 3,000 confirmed infections in the past two weeks.

As of Friday, about 100 people were hospitalized with the virus, including 16 on ventilators, state health officials reported.

State officials reported three more deaths on Friday from COVID-19, bringing the pandemic death total to 382 Alaskans and seven nonresidents.

Several communities, including Sitka and Juneau, have reinstituted masking requirements to help reduce the risk of further spread of the highly contagious Delta variant that is sweeping across the state and the nation.

Cordova has started requiring that city employees either be vaccinated against COVID or undergo weekly testing for the virus.


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