COVID cases on the rise; Alaska fourth-highest rate in nation

Just as other communities, Wrangell is enduring a springtime bloom of COVID-19 cases. As of April 20, the state health department reported 79 new cases in the community in the past 30 days.

Most of those were reported to the state in late March and early April, with new infections declining in the past week.

The spread of the highly infectious disease is of particular concern at the schools.

“We have had an increase in COVID and other illnesses during the past month and the schools have been struggling to find ways to stay open,” Superintendent Bill Burr reported to the school board on April 1...


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