Don Young

Don Young

ANCHORAGE — Congressman Don Young announced Monday that he was hospitalized over the weekend, his first comments since he announced on Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Fresh off a mathematical certainty that he has won reelection to United States Congress over Alyse Galvin, Young urged proper precautions be taken by Alaskans to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I want Alaskans to know that their Congressman is alive, feeling better, and on the road to recovery. As you know, last week, I tested positive for COVID-19.Over the weekend, I was admitted to Providence Hospital for treatment and monitoring,” said Young. “I do not want any Alaskans to be scared of seeking testing or treatment out of privacy concerns. COVID-19 is a serious virus, and its recent surge in our state has made this a critical moment.I encourage all Alaskans to continue following CDC guidelines: practice social distancing; use a mask; avoid crowds whenever possible.”

On Monday, 556 new cases were announced among Alaska residents. Of the 23,240 total cases among Alaska residents, 16,626 remain active. There have been 98 Alaskans who have died from COVID-19 and 548 total hospitalizations. Currently, there are 121 Alaskans hospitalized statewide and 22 more suspected positive who are awaiting test results. Out of everyone hospitalized in Alaska, 14.1 percent are due to symptoms from coronavirus.

In the Mat-Su, 28 new cases were announced on Monday. Of the 2,332 total cases in the Mat-Su, 1,776 remain active. There have been 27 total nonresident cases in the Mat-Su. The Mat-Su ranks third among Alaska regions with 51.4 cases per 100,000 residents. There are 14 people currently hospitalized and 17.1 percent of all people hospitalized at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 14 Intensive Care Unit beds, 11 are unavailable.

Houston, Meadow Lakes, and the Knik-Fairview area all have no active cases. Sutton has three active cases. Of Willow’s 53 total cases, 23 are active. Of Big Lake’s 57 total cases, 30 are active. Palmer has had 626 cases and 247 are active and Wasilla has had 1,429 cases to date, 598 of which are active.

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