By Melinda Munson

The Skagway Traditional Council, in partnership with Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Skagway EMTs, are offering free COVID-19 tests “to help maintain zero cases and help with the early detection of COVID among symptomatic people,” said Sara Kinjo-Hischer, tribal administrator.

The testing is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is conducted at the STC Tribal Apartment at 11th Avenue and Broadway. Appointments are not needed. Participants should remain in their vehicles and follow the technician’s instructions.

The program utilizes a RT-PCR self-swabbing nasal test, meaning patients take their own sample with the supervision of a technician. Those tested can expect results in about seven days.

The testing is strictly for those without COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should call Dahl Memorial Clinic (DMC) at 907-983-2255 to schedule an appointment.

“From the clinic’s perspective, any testing in addition to what the clinic is offering is valuable for the community. I fully support their initiative,” said Estelita Fielding, DMC executive director. 

SEARHC is providing similar testing in Juneau, Klawock, Klukwan, Kake, Pelican, Sitka and Wrangell.

For questions contact Kinjo Hischer at 907-983-4068 or SEARHC at 907-463-4000.