Gov. Dunleavy in self-quarantine for a week after close contact

Gov. Mike Dunleavy discusses the state taking a step back with the pandemic recovery during a briefing on Sunday Feb. 14, 2021.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is quarantining at his home in the Mat-Su Valley for a week following a close contact with someone who came down with COVID-19, his office announced today.

According to the announcement, the governor was in close contact with the person on Saturday who later tested positive for the virus. The governor has had a rapid test since then that came back negative, according to the release, and he’s shown no symptoms.

“The Governor is following the self-quarantine procedures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services by remaining at his residence for a minimum of seven days,” said the announcement. “Like so many other Alaskans who have experienced a close contact, he will continue to fulfill his duties by teleworking from home and receive additional tests until it is certain he is free of the virus.”

The announcement had no additional details about the nature of the close contact. The governor’s office reported at least four positive cases in an October outbreak, and the governor was photographed not wearing a mask at an indoor fundraiser last fall, just hours after urging Alaskans to wear masks.

The state’s disaster declaration expired one week ago, throwing the state’s role in handling the pandemic into uncertainty.

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