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Don Young, the U.S.' Oldest and GOP's Longest Serving Congressman, Tests Positive for COVID-19

Don Young, the U.S.' Oldest and GOP's Longest Serving
Congressman, Tests Positive for COVID-19 1

Representative Don Young announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

At 87 years old, Young is the oldest serving congressman in the House and the Republican Party’s longest-serving member, having represented the state of Alaska for 24 terms. He has held office since the Nixon Administration.

Young won his 25th term last week after he successfully defended his seat in Alaska’s at-large congressional district from independent challenger Alyse Galvin.

In his statement announcing his positive diagnosis, the congressman tweeted, “I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.”

Young did not specify how severe his symptoms or condition is, but given his age, he qualifies for the high-risk category of becoming critically ill.

Once infected by COVID-19, people over the age of 85 are 630 times more likely to die from the disease, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, at a news conference alongside on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Young announced on Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19. Alex Wroblewski/Stringer

He is the latest member of Congress to test positive for the virus since the pandemic began.

In efforts to curb the spread, the House adopted pandemic-era rules which allow for lawmakers to vote remotely. However, nearly all Republicans have refused to use this system.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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