Don Young has COVID-19

    Rep. Don Young.

    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.”

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