Alaska Gov. Dunleavy quarantines at home after close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is self-isolating at his Matanuska-Susitna Borough home after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a written statement Monday morning.

The governor has tested negative and is not showing symptoms, his office said.

The statement said Dunleavy will remain at home for a minimum of seven days, per recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He will continue to telework from home.

A spokesman for the governor’s office said he did not know where the close contact took place, but it happened Saturday.

The spokesman, deputy communications director Jeff Turner, said the governor will receive a COVID-19 vaccination when his turn comes up in the tier system set by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The governor is 59 years old and turns 60 on May 5.

At least four members of the governor’s staff tested positive for COVID-19 in October.

James Brooks

James Brooks was a Juneau-based reporter for the ADN from 2018 to May 2022.