Alaska governor positive for coronavirus


FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, delivers his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature as then Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, left, and then Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham listen. On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, Dunleavy is set to deliver his State of the State address remotely, from his office in Anchorage, because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Penn, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, his office announced Wednesday.

Dunleavy, a 59-year-old Republican, is currently at home in the Wasilla area, north of Anchorage.

On Sunday, Dunleavy was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He felt well and tested negative but went into quarantine to reduce possible exposure to others.

Dunleavy felt well until Tuesday night, the statement said. A second test Wednesday morning confirmed he tested positive for the virus.

Because Dunleavy was in quarantine during his infectious period, his office says currently there are no known close contacts.

The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, and Dunleavy’s personal physician are monitoring the governor and will “provide the public with updates as needed,” the release said.

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