Rep. Sara Rasmussen was a little vague. She didn’t say “what” she had a close contact with, but the inference is that it’s with someone who had the Covid-19 virus, so she is staying away from Juneau.
Rasmussen announced her decision on Facebook to her Sand Lake constituents, to be transparent about why she is not in Juneau with the rest of her colleagues.
“Until contract tracing and follow up testing is completed, I’m following quarantine guidance from public health,” she wrote.
“I hope to be able to get to Juneau to finish the work of this session ASAP, however with our hospitals at capacity I feel it’s best not to risk potentially spreading anything to other Alaskans,” she wrote.
Rasmussen was in Juneau for just one day so far, in the special session that started on Aug. 16. She was fishing on the Kenai River and attending events, telling critics that going to Juneau was a waste of time. Rasmussen is not in either the conservative or liberal caucus in the House, and has taken up the new position of former Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who turned on conservatives and then on liberals, becoming a caucus of one, before she was unelected in 2020.