State will stop paying for walk-up COVID testing at end of month

Wrangell starts week with 14 new infections


January 6, 2022

The state has decided to stop offering walk-up COVID-19 testing at Alaska’s larger airports, and to stop paying for similar free testing operations in communities statewide, including Wrangell, effective Jan. 31.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will shut down its walk-up, no-appointment-needed free testing operation in Wrangell on Jan. 31 but will continue offering testing by appointment.

The change in testing comes as Wrangell is seeing the start of a post-holidays surge in infections, with 14 new cases among residents reported on Monday and Tuesday. Just five residents t...

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