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Preckwinkle self-isolating after security detail member tests positive for COVID-19
The 73-year-old Cook County Board president said she hasn't experienced any symptoms of the coronavirus but is self-isolating "in an abundance of caution."

Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business
by A.D. Quig

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that a member of her security detail she was last with on March 27 has tested positive for COVID-19 and that she will self-isolate for the remainder of the week.

“My thoughts and prayers are with my colleague and their entire family during this challenging time,” she said in a statement. “While I have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, in an abundance of caution, and to follow public health guidance, I will self-isolate until end of day Friday, April 10. Our Cook County Department of Facilities Management have already deep-cleaned the impacted areas of the 5th floor of 118 N. Clark St., and the impacted vehicle operated by the detail will be taken out of service for a cleaning.”

While most of her executive staff has worked from home, Preckwinkle, 73, has continued to work from the county building downtown and hold regular press conferences.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker disclosed yesterday that a member of his staff had also tested positive. That employee fell sick on March 26 and was immediately sent home, he said. The governor said he had not been tested but “was not in close contact” with the infected staffer, who is doing well.

Preckwinkle said she expected more county employees to test positive.

“We are all navigating uncharted waters, but while we continue to be challenged now and in the days and weeks ahead, we remain one community, we remain one Cook,” she said.

At least 4,003 people have tested positive for COVID in suburban Cook County, and 114 people have died. In Chicago, 5,506 people have tested positive and 135 have died.



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