A member of Gov. JB Pritzker’s staff has tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, Pritzker and all other "close contacts" will self-isolate for 14 days as laid out in both state and federal public health guidelines.
Also, all staff who report to the governor’s office are being tested and must have a negative result before they will be allowed back into the office. All tests conducted on those staff on Monday came back negative.
The identity of the staff member was not disclosed. However, Pritzker’s office said the staffer accompanied the governor to events in Chicago on Wednesday, Marion on Thursday and Marseilles on Sunday. The office said both the governor and staffer were wearing masks at all times during their interactions.
In a release, Pritzker’s office said the staffer has been interviewed and contact tracing is underway. Also, organizers at the events Pritzker and the staffer attended have been notified and advised of steps to take.
The staffer was tested Wednesday during weekly testing of office staff and the results were negative. However, the staffer later experienced symptoms and was tested again Monday. That time the results were positive.
This is the second time a Pritzker staffer has tested positive for COVID-19. The other tested positive in May.
The governor will continue to hold coronavirus briefings, his office said.
Pritzker’s staff undergoes weekly testing and have their temperatures taken daily. Staffers wear masks, practice distancing and strict hygiene procedures, the office said. In addition, the office undergoes a weekly deep cleaning. An additional cleaning was done Monday.
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