Governor’s Office Senior Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19

Governor’s Office Senior Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19

After a member of Gov. JB Pritzker’s senior staff tested positive for COVID-19, the Governor’s Office employees will follow Illinois Department of Public Health guidance and work from home for an appropriate isolation period.

The asymptomatic staff member tested positive late last week and was in close contact with the governor and other staff members.

The governor and all other staff reporting to the office tested negative. The governor was tested again early on Sunday and tested negative.

About 20 staff members have been regularly reporting in person to work in the James R. Thompson Center during this crisis while the remainder of Governor’s Office staff work from home.

According to a state of Illinois news release, staff members have followed all IDPH safety protocols including daily temperature checks, wearing face coverings, social distancing and strict hygiene procedures.

The office will undergo deep cleaning, and staff are monitoring themselves for symptoms, the news release said. The governor and staff will return to the office when IDPH deems appropriate.

The governor will continue to hold daily press briefings via video conference which are live-streamed at illinois.gov/LiveVideo as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release

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This image is a screenshot from a page of the state of Illinois’ Restore Illinois report. The state did not release the name of the staffer who tested positive.