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Day after blasting Trump on CNN, IL Gov Pritzker’s office reports close staffer COVID-19 positive




CHICAGO – Sunday, IL Governor JB Pritzker was on CNN's "State of the Union" blasting the Trump Administration for their lack of assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, a staffer working in close contact with Pritzker tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a release Monday. Pritzker will now be self-quarantining per doctor's orders, and his nearly 20 Chicago staffers in the Thompson Building will now be working from home "for an appropriate isolation period." Daily press conferences will continue on the Governor's Facebook page.

"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. The Governor was tested again early on Sunday and tested negative," the release says.

Pritzker's staff members have undergone daily temperature checks, been wearing face coverings, social distancing and following "strict hygiene procedures," Pritzker's office said. "The office will undergo deep cleaning, and staff are monitoring themselves for symptoms."

Sunday, the first-term governor told CNN, "We're going it alone…" 

During his second appearance in a month on CNN Jake Tapper's "State of the Union," Pritzker said. "We are being very careful. We've done a lot to make sure we're keeping these numbers moving in the right direction. And we will not reopen unless we meet all of the standards that I've set for doing so."

Last week, Pritzker announced a five-phase reopening plan and said Phase 3 of the "Restore Illinois" plan allowing manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons to reopen with restrictions won't begin until May 29, at the earliest. It all depends upon the numbers the Illinois Public Health Department accumulates, he said.


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  1. Wonder if Pritzker’s barber carried it in? Our Elitist don’t do as I do, do as I say governor. Pritzker had to look good to go on the Communist News Network(CNN) and politicize the Wuhan virus

  2. Pritzker is proving himself to be a bungling clown.
    If one is to believe the figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health (last week) more than one half of Illinois counties have recorded Z-E-R-O COVID-19 deaths. Nonetheless, Pritzker refuses to permit the lock down to be lifted on a regional basis.

  3. As governor of Illinois, Pritzker is in over his head.
    Why would he care about jobs of people who need to work to make a living?
    He made HIS money by a biological accident:
    He INHERITED it.