Borough continues voluntary travel testing requirement

The borough is continuing its voluntary requirement that unvaccinated individuals arriving from out of state whether by plane or boat must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure for Wrangell or take a test on their arrival in town.

The requirement does not apply to Alaska residents.

The rules match the state of Alaska's travel requirements.

The borough assembly approved an extension of the travel requirements at a special meeting last Friday, the day after they had expired. There are no penalties under the ordinance for noncompliance; testing is voluntary.

Alaska is in the middle of its worst COVID outbreak since the pandemic started, and the state has extended its contract with SEARHC for free testing in Wrangell through the end of the year.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium now provides the testing noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at a drive-up trailer at the Wrangell Medical Center, after shutting down its airport testing operation last month.

The assembly last week also extended to Dec. 31 the disaster ordinance that is required to qualify for federal and state funding related to the pandemic.


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