Gov. Dunleavy defends virus approach amid criticism

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faces criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of COVID-19, from those who think he’s not doing enough to address rising case counts to those who think he’s been overreaching in his approach.

    He issued a new disaster declaration, which took effect Monday, despite questions from some lawmakers over its legal underpinnings.

    He has declined requests to issue a statewide mask mandate but said he supports communities that have them and pledged to do better about his own mask-wearing.

    Dunleavy told The Associated Press he tries to get “as many data points as possible” in making decisions on how to address COVID-19.

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