Governor isolates after contact with COVID-positive person

Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (May 15, 2019) Photo courtesy of Paxson Woelber/The Alaska Landmine

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is in self-isolation at home in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley after learning that he was exposed to an individual who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The governor’s office announced on Monday, Feb. 22 that Dunleavy went into isolation on Sunday, Feb. 21 after taking a COVID-19 rapid test. Results came back on Monday morning showing that Dunleavy tested negative. He continues to show no symptoms of the virus.

Dunleavy is following the self-quarantine procedures advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and will remain at his residence for a minimum of seven days.

Meanwhile he will continue to work remotely from home and receive additional testing until he determined to be free of the virus.

As of Feb. 22, 55,507 Alaskans and 2,246 nonresidents had tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 57,753. The number of those hospitalized stands at 1,251 individuals, including 35 who are currently in hospitals. Deaths to date total 287 Alaskans and three nonresidents.