Senior Staff Member with Gov. J.B. Pritzker Test Positive for COVID-19; Daily Briefings to Continue Via Video Teleconference

The Illinois governor’s office reported Monday May 11, 2020 that a member of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior staff has tested positive for COVID-19, and that all staffers — including the governor — will now work from home for an “appropriate isolation period.”

The staff, who was in close contact with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other staff members, was asymptomatic and tested positive late last week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and all other senior staffers immediately tested negative, and Pritzker was re-tested once again early on Sunday May 12, 2020 and tested negative, according to the governor’s office.

The governor’s office is undergoing a deep cleaning, and staffers are being monitored for symptoms. For over eight weeks, a staff of 20 senior members have been regularly reporting in person to work downtown at the James R. Thompson Center. The employees have used safety protocols, such as daily temperature checks, wearing face coverings and social distancing, and did not frequent stores — being instructed to only travel to the Thompson Center and back home.

The Daily Briefing led by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will continued at 2:30 p.m. with the governor’s presence via video conference. “The governor and staff will return to the office when IDPH (Illinois Department of Health) deems appropriate,” according to the governor’s office. The IDPH is also tracing contacts.

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