Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Dean of the House won re-election Wednesday and today announced he has COVID-19.
U.S. Rep. Don Young announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, a day after winning his 25th term in the U.S. House.
The 87-year-old representative made the announcement on Twitter.
He wrote that he's feeling strong, following proper protocols and was working from home in Alaska. He also asked for privacy.
A message sent to his spokesman wasn’t immediately returned.
Last March, Young spoke to a group of senior citizens and downplayed the virus, saying it was overblown and fueled by the media. He called the coronavirus the “beer virus.”
I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.— Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) November 12, 2020