Don Young says he's been discharged after hospitalization for COVID-19

Don Young says he's been discharged after hospitalization for COVID-19
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Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines MORE (R-Alaska) said Monday that he was "feeling better" and "on the road to recovery" after being diagnosed with the coronavirus last week.

“There has been much speculation in the media on my current condition, and I want Alaskans to know that their Congressman is alive, feeling better, and on the road to recovery,” Young, the longest-serving member of the House, said in a tweet Monday.

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Young went on to say he had been hospitalized over the weekend and since discharged, adding that he continued to work from his Alaska home.

“Very frankly, I had not felt this sick in a very long time, and I am grateful to everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers,” he added. “Unfortunately, a lot of what you may have heard about my condition was based on speculation in the media that did not respect my privacy.”

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Young encouraged constituents to avoid crowds, practice social distancing and wear masks, adding, “The economy, in both Alaska and our entire nation, has been devastated by this virus. This is not just a public health emergency, but an economic crisis as well.”

The Alaska congressman confirmed his positive test Thursday. At 87, Young, the oldest member of the House, is in one of the demographics most at risk for the virus. The state, meanwhile, reached a new record for single-day cases earlier this month when 601 were reported Nov. 7.