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Gov. Pritzker Self-Isolating After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and several of his close contacts are now in self-quarantine after a member of the governor's staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 10:36 AM
Updated: Sep 29, 2020 10:47 AM

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and several of his close contacts are now in self-quarantine after an office staffer tested positive for COVID-19.

A press release sent out by the governor's office on Tuesday said the infected staffer was tested during weekly testing for the governor's office on Wednesday, Sept. 23, but that the results of that test came back negative. 

The release goes to say that the staff member, who wasn't identified in the release, started experiencing symptoms and was tested again on Monday, with those results coming back positive.

According to the governor's office, the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 accompanied the governor at events on Wednesday in Chicago, on Thursday in Marion, and on Sunday in Marseilles, but both the governor and the staff member who tested positive for the virus were wearing masks during the entirety of their interactions.

The release said that all staff who currently report to the governor's office are being tested for COVID-19 and must test negative before reporting back to the office.

In accordance with state and local health federal guidelines, the governor as well as close contacts will self-isolate for 14 days.

The release also says Pritzker will still provide daily COVID-19 press briefings live-streamed on illinois.gov/LiveVideo as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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