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By Marc Lutz 

Increased COVID-19 affects school, business and government operations


January 20, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Reme Privett, owner of Rayme's Bar, watches TV while waiting for customers to show up last Saturday. Privett closed the bar for four days after a couple of his employees tested positive for COVID-19 amid this month's record surge in cases in Wrangell.

The uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season has caused businesses to alter hours or close for days at a time, borough government to reinstate safety protocols, and schools to postpone sporting events.

As of Wednesday morning, the borough had reported 114 cases since Dec. 30, a one-month record for the community and one-third of all the infections tallied in the almost 2-year-old pandemic.

Close contact with active COVID-19 cases for Brittani Robbins, executive director of the chamber of commerce, and her assistant Luana Wellon, caused them to close the office for two days the fir...

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