A member of Alaska’s House of Representatives has tested positive for COVID-19.
The House member has not yet been publicly identified. In a letter first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, cancelled all House meetings on Thursday.
This is the second COVID-19 scare the Legislature has had this week, though the first appears to have been a false positive.
Legislative Affairs Director Jessica Geary said the two don’t appear to be related and they aren’t close contacts of each other.
The legislative staff member who tested positive on Monday was sent home for quarantining and follow-up testing. Geary said up to 15 close contacts self-isolated.
But that person then got two negative tests and has since been cleared by public health.
Legislators and staff who work at the Capitol must be tested for COVID-19 every five days and are screened for symptoms daily in order to gain access to the building.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy also tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.