Illinois Governor’s staff member tests positive for COVID-19, is asymptomatic

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Governor J.B. Pritzker reported through his social media on Monday morning a member of his senior staff tested positive for COVID-19.  The staff member is asymptomatic.

“A member of my senior staff who was not exhibiting any symptoms tested positive for COVID-19,” Governor Pritzker wrote on Monday.  “Following IDPH guidance, the rest of our team – myself included – is working from home for the time being.”

The Governor assured residents all aspects of the executive branch will function as they continually have to date during the self-quarantine period.

While the majority of staff has been working from home, 20 members of the governor’s staff have been working from the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago during the pandemic.

The Governor and staff will return to the office when IDPH deems appropriate. Daily press briefings will continue via video conferenced and live-streamed.

Saturday marked the first day no afternoon COVID-19 press conference was called by the Governor as part of a stop to Weekend updates that had been planned by the office. 

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