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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tests positive for COVID-19; CPS CEO so far negative after appearance with mayor

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tested positive for COVID-19 and is working from home, she announced in a statement.

The mayor said she is feeling fine aside from cold-like symptoms, which she attributed to being vaccinated and boosted.

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“I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation,” Lightfoot said. “This is an urgent reminder for folks to get vaccinated and boosted as it’s the only way to beat this pandemic.”

Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez tested negative via a rapid test and was awaiting results of a PCR test, the district said. He appeared with Lightfoot Monday at a new conference to announce an agreement with the teachers union to reopen schools with new COVID-19 protections.

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“He is grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted,” CPS said.

Flanked by public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, Mayor Lori Lightfoot departs after a news conference at City Hall on Jan. 10, 2022. On Tuesday, Lightfoot announced she tested positive for COVID-19.
Flanked by public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, Mayor Lori Lightfoot departs after a news conference at City Hall on Jan. 10, 2022. On Tuesday, Lightfoot announced she tested positive for COVID-19. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who had a negative COVID-19 test Monday, continues working from home “out of an abundance of caution” after a close contact last week with someone in his office who tested positive, spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement.

A majority of the governor’s staff also is working remotely, Abudayyeh said.

“Late last week, 87 staffers responded to a governor’s office survey and seven people reported testing positive in the last week and 21 reported coming into close contact with someone who tested positive,” she said. “We do not believe these cases are connected to working in the office.”

Pritzker “has kept a busy schedule” while working remotely “but will have limited public appearances this week,” Abudayyeh said.

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