Feb 24, 2021 - Health

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy tests positive for the coronavirus

 Michael Dunleavy, governor of Alaska, speaks during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy at the White House in July 16. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday and is isolating at home with mild symptoms, his office announced.

Details: Dunleavy originally got tested after being identified as a close contact to someone who contracted the virus and returned a negative result Sunday morning, per a statement. He still went into quarantine in his home in Wasilla, just north of Anchorage.

  • "He had been feeling well until Tuesday night" and got tested again, returning a positive result, the statement added.

Of note: Alaska is among 44 states where coronavirus cases are declining.

The big picture: Dunleavy is the latest U.S. political leader to test positive for the coronavirus, after former President Trump, several governors, and a slew of Congress members — including Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who once referred to COVID-19 as the "beer virus."

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