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Illinois governor to isolate for a second time after another staffer tests positive for coronavirus

By Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker is going into self-isolation for the second time after a third staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Tuesday.

The unidentified staff member tested negative Wednesday during a routine screening for employees in the governor's office but was tested again Monday after developing symptoms and that test came back positive, according to the governor's office.

The staff member attended a Wednesday event with Pritzker in Chicago and traveled with the governor to Marion on Thursday and Marseilles on Sunday.

Both Pritzker and the staffer wore masks "during the entirety of their interactions," according to the governor's office.


Pritzker and all close contacts will be going into isolation for 14 days, and contact tracing is underway for the staff member who tested positive. Organizers of the events the staffer attended have been notified, the governor's office said. All staff who are currently working in the governor's office rather than working from home are being tests and won't be allowed back until testing negative.

Pritzker isolated in his Gold Coast home for several days in May after a senior staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor tested negative at the time. He also tested negative in June after attending an event with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who was later diagnosed with COVID-19.

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