By Clare Foran | CNN

Rep. Don Young announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska,” the Alaska Republican tweeted.

Young, who is 87, faces a higher risk from the disease given his age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.”

Young, who is Alaska’s only congressional representative, holds the title of “Dean of the House” as the longest-serving member of the current House. He first took office in 1973.

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Young is also the oldest member of Congress in either chamber.

The news of his diagnosis came the same day that the staff for Congresswoman-elect Ashley Hinson, an Iowa Republican, announced that she has also tested positive for Covid-19.

“She feels great and is quarantining at her home in Marion until advised to do otherwise by her physician,” the staff’s statement read.