“I tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the proper agreement, I feel strong, working at my home in Alaska and keeping it confidential now. May Alaska God bless,” the Alaska Republican tweeted.
Young people as young as 87 years old face a higher risk of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is people aged 85 years or older.”
Young is the only congressional representative in Alaska. He is known as the “President of the House of Representatives”
; and is the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives. He took office in 1973.
In both chambers, Young is the oldest member of Congress.
On the day the news of his diagnosis came out, the staff announced to the elected congressman Ashley Hinson, a Democrat of Iowa, that she was also positive for Covid-19.
The staff member said in a statement: “She feels good and is quarantining her at Marion’s home until the doctor advises her to do so.”