Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses the public during a virtual town hall on Sept. 15, 2020 in Alaska. Dunleavy went into self-quarantine Monday following news a close contact had tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo / Office of the Governor)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses the public during a virtual town hall on Sept. 15, 2020 in Alaska. Dunleavy went into self-quarantine Monday following news a close contact had tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo / Office of the Governor)

Governor quarantines following close contact

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is in quarantine following close contact on Saturday with a person who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Dunleavy was informed of the close contact on Sunday, the governor’s office said in a news release, and a rapid test result Monday morning was negative. Dunleavy continues to show no symptoms of the disease. The person who tested positive for COVID-19 who had close contact with Dunleavy was not identified.

Dunleavy will be self-quarantining at his home in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley for a minimum of seven days, per procedures laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, according to the governor’s office.

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“Like so many other Alaskans who have experienced a close contact, he will continue to fulfill his duties by teleworking from home and receive additional tests until it is certain he is free of the virus,” the release said.

Dunleavy spokesperson Jeff Turner was unable to provide any additional details but said no government operations would be impacted.

• Contact reporter Peter Segall at psegall@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SegallJnuEmpire.

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