U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski does not have covid-19, her office said today.
Murkowski appeared by video at a fundraiser on Tuesday night, telling the audience that she was in quarantine after conflicting covid-19 tests. She told the audience that after returning from Outside, she took a test that eventually came back positive. A second test had come back negative and a third was still outstanding.
This morning, her office confirmed that Murkowski, who’s fully vaccinated and wears a mask, has had two negative tests for covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
“Senator Murkowski does not have COVID—she was recently quarantining out of an abundance of caution and has now received two negative COVID tests within the last 24 hours in accordance with CDC guidelines for asymptomatic individuals,” a spokeswoman for Murkowski said by email. “Right now Alaska is breaking records on how many people are being hospitalized with COVID. This pandemic is real and it’s impacting people of all ages. She continues to encourage all Alaskans who are able, to get the vaccine.”
Today, Alaska reported 801 new cases of covid-19, which is the second most cases the state has reported during the pandemic. It also reported a new record high of hospitalizations, 166 according to the Alaska State Hospital and Nursig Home Association (ASHNA), for the second day in a row.
ASHNA head Jared Kosin told Alaska Public Media that the state renewing its disaster declaration would help the state battle the pandemic, but Gov. Mike Dunleavy said last week that he doesn’t think it would help.