COVID cases among non-residents aboard ships highest all summer

The COVID-19 case count in Wrangell dropped last week to less than half the number of the previous week, but the infection numbers for cruise ship travelers to Alaska was double the rate of the previous four weeks.

A highly infectious variant of the coronavirus is pushing up case counts in Alaska and nationwide, though illnesses are not as severe and hospitalization rates much lower than in previous waves, state and federal health officials report.

The state’s coronavirus data dashboard reported 21 new cases in Wrangell for the seven days ending July 20, down from 46 in the prior seven days. T...


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