Alaska Home member checks optimistic for COVID-19
JUNEAU – A member of the Alaska House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19, and House spokeswoman Louise Stutes has canceled all Thursday State House meetings as a precaution.
The identity of the COVID-positive lawmaker was not made public when Stutes announced the test result in an email to all lawmakers Wednesday night, and it was not immediately clear whether the Senate would follow suit by canceling its scheduled sessions.
Jessica Geary, executive director of the agency that manages the Capitol and legislature, said more information will be available Thursday.
Austin Baird, a spokesman for the 20-strong majority in the House, promised more details that morning.
The Alaska State Capitol has been closed to the public since March 2020. Only lawmakers, staff, members of the news media, members of the governor’s office and the occasional special guest such as U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski were allowed in.
Everyone admitted to the Capitol is required to undergo a COVID-19 test and temperature screening. Regular visitors must be tested twice a week and are checked daily for symptoms and fever.