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Borough receives more at-home test kits amid record number of COVID cases


January 27, 2022

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Capt. Dorianne Sprehe of the Wrangell Fire Department and manager of the borough's emergency operations center walks a caller through at-home test kit instructions on Monday. The borough received 650 test kits, each containing two COVID-19 tests inside, from the state last Thursday. One hundred of the kits will be kept in reserve for critical personnel at fire, police, port and harbors, and other departments.

Wrangell's emergency operations center last week received 650 COVID-19 at-home test kits from the state health department, reviving its supply which had dwindled to none amid the community's record number of new infections.

As of Tuesday evening, Wrangell was up to 157 new COVID-19 cases reported by the borough since Dec. 30, two and a half times the community's highest monthly count of the pandemic and representing about one of every 14 residents.

The post-holidays surge represents 40% of the total number of cases reported in town since the pandemic tally started almost two years ago.

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