Aurora mayor, chief of police both test positive for COVID-19

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AURORA, Ill. — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Police Chief Kristen Ziman have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Kane County Health Department.

Both were tested last Saturday after an Aurora police supervisor tested positive for the virus.

According to a press release, immediate family and staff members of both Irvin and Ziman have been notified and are taking precautionary measures. Their work areas at City Hall and the Aurora Police Department were cleaned and disinfected last week.

“I am not certain when I contracted the virus, but I was able to curb any further community spread by self-quarantining and not going about each day with business as usual, albeit with social distancing,” Irvin said.

He also posted on his Facebook page Friday afternoon and said, “Thank you for all the love and prayers and well-wishes. I’m on the mend and getting stronger each day. Please, please PLEASE take this seriously. COVID-19 does not discriminate. Follow the rules. Stay home! Save lives! We are in this together, Aurora. #AuroraStrong

Ziman started self quarantining six days ago after a supervisor under her commanded tested positive for COVID-19. She too says she felt some mild symptoms. She, like the mayor, is using technology to work from home.

“This is an all hands on deck effort, we’ve taken steps to protect our officers and practice social distancing, but this virus is here and we need everyone’s help to stop the spread,” Ziman said.

During the next week or so, both the mayor and police chief will continue to work with the city’s COVID-19 Task Force safely from home, the press release said.

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