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Pritzker staffer tests positive for coronavirus, employees work from home

Staff Report

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s staff will work remotely for the time being, after a senior staffer tested positive for COVID-19.

The asymptomatic staff member tested positive late last week and was in close contact with the governor and other staff members. The governor and all other staff reporting to the office tested negative.

Pritzker was tested again early Sunday and tested negative.

Approximately 20 staff members have been regularly reporting in person to work in the James R. Thompson Center during this crisis while the remainder of governor’s office staff work from home.

“Staff members have followed all IDPH safety protocols including daily temperature checks, wearing face coverings, social distancing and strict hygiene procedures,” Pritzker said in a release. “The office will undergo deep cleaning, and staff are monitoring themselves for symptoms.

The governor and staff will return to the office when IDPH deems appropriate.

Pritzker will continue to hold daily press briefings via video conference which are live-streamed at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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