In this Nov. 3, 2020, photo, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, gathers with supporters in Anchorage. Young, the longest-serving Republican ever in the U.S. House, has won his 25th term. Young defeated Alyse Galvin in back-to-back elections for Alaska’s sole seat in the House. The race was called Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News)

In this Nov. 3, 2020, photo, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, gathers with supporters in Anchorage. Young, the longest-serving Republican ever in the U.S. House, has won his 25th term. Young defeated Alyse Galvin in back-to-back elections for Alaska’s sole seat in the House. The race was called Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News)

Rep Young says he tested positive for COVID-19

The 87-year old representative recently won reelection.

This story has been updated to include new information.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, confirmed via Twitter on Thursday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 87-year-old Young recently ran for reelection to the position of state representative for Alaska, a position he has held uninterrupted for 47 years. Young won reelection Wednesday over repeat challenger Alyse Galvin, according to the Associated Press.

In the tweet announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19, Young said he is feeling strong and working from home in Alaska.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who activated Alaska’s emergency alerts system for cell phones Thursday morning to send Alaskans a YouTube video urging state residents to wear masks and observe mitigation strategies as Alaska’s health care workers are hit harder and harder by the coronavirus, wished Young well.

“I just learned that @repdonyoung has tested positive for #COVID19,” Dunleavy said in a tweet. “Please join Rose & I in praying for his health & a swift recovery. Alaska is with you Don!”

A number of his congressional colleagues also wished him well.

“My friend and colleague Congressman Don Young is a fighter,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a tweet. “I’m glad to hear he’s doing well and will be praying for his health and recovery, along with all those impacted by #COVID19.”

Young’s staff did not return messages seeking comment.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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