Wrangell Sentinel -

COVID hospitalization count continues climbing


September 9, 2021

The borough Thursday afternoon reported the town's second COVID-19 case in two days. It's only the fifth new case in the community over the first nine days of the month after Wrangell recorded 48 cases in August, almost 40% of all the COVID cases reported in the community since March 2020.

The latest case is a non-resident who had recently traveled within Alaska. The person was showing symptoms and is in isolation, the borough reported.

Elsewhere around the state, however, the numbers reported on Thursday were much worse than Wrangell.

State health officials reported 846 new cases -- almost 1,700 in the past two days, among the worst of the 18-month pandemic.

Alaska on Thursday set another new record for hospitalizations, with 206 patients under care for COVID, up from Wednesday's 197.

“Emergency departments remain open for emergency, life-sustaining treatments, but they are very tight,” Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, said during a call with reporters on Thursday.

Most of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated against the Coronavirus, health officials said.

Hospitals in Fairbanks, Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula are running near capacity.


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