SEARHC and fire department both providing free COVID-19 self-test kits


February 16, 2022

Courtesy Capt. Dorianne Sprehe, Wrangell Fire Department

The fire department received a shipment of more at-home COVID-19 test kits last Thursday. Each kit contains two tests.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is providing free COVID-19 at-home test kits on a first come, first served basis.

A Feb. 7 post on SEARHC's Facebook page said it is providing two boxes per household, but the Wrangell Medical Center pharmacy, where the test kits are being handed out, is not tracking who is asking or how many times.

"We're just asking people to be respectful so there's more for the community," Carly Allen, hospital administrator, said last Thursday.

After a post-holidays surge of 185 cases Dec. 30 to Jan. 30, Wrangell's count of new infections has fallen to...

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