Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) will self-isolate for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member tested positive for coronavirus on Monday after experiencing symptoms, the governor’s office said in a Tuesday statement. The person attended events in the state with Pritzker last week and on Sunday.
All other close contacts with the staffer are also set to self-isolate for 14 days. Contact tracing is underway, and staff who report to the governor’s office must test negative for COVID-19 before they can return.
“Let this be a reminder to everyone that this virus knows no bounds and we must take this seriously,” Pritzker tweeted Tuesday, urging Illinois residents to wear a face mask or covering in public, practice social distancing and frequently wash their hands.
A member of my staff tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts, including myself, have tested negative and