Illinois governor to self-isolate for the second time after another staffer tests positive for COVID-19


CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 01: Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table discussion with high school students at a creative workspace for women on October 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker was joined by his Illinois gubernatorial Lieutenant Governor candidate Juliana Stratton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they spoke to students about leadership. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzer will self-isolate again after another member of his staff has tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a statement released by governor’s office Tuesday, the staff member was tested last week during the office’s weekly tested and was negative. The staff member then began experiencing symptoms and tested Monday. That test was positive.

“The staffer attended events with the governor on Wednesday in Chicago, Thursday in Marion and Sunday in Marseilles. Both the governor and the staffer were wearing masks during the entirety of their interactions,” according to the statement.

Pritzker and “all other close contacts” will self-isolate for 14 days.

“In addition, all staff who currently report to the office are being tested and must test negative before reporting back to the office. Yesterday, all samples that were ran to test for COVID-19 came back negative,” the statement said.

The staffer has been interviewed and a contact tracing effort is underway, the statement said.

Pritzker had to self-isolate for the first time in May after a senior staff member tested positive. That staffer was asymptomatic.

NewsNation affiliates WGN and WTWO contributed to this report.

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