Chicago alderman tests positive for COVID-19 one day after appearing alongside Mayor Lightfoot


CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman said he tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after appearing alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a press conference.

Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th Ward) announced Thursday he tested positive for the virus after a Bike the Boulevard event on July 31.

“One of the resources provided to the community and myself was COVID testing on-site,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Today, I received my test results and they came back positive.”

On Wednesday, the alderman appeared at a press conference regarding Chicago Public School’s remote learning in the fall alongside the mayor and other city officials.

The alderman said he is now at home with no symptoms and said he is following all the necessary health guidelines.

The mayor released a statement Thursday night after the alderman’s announcement and said she has been tested and her results came back negative.

Read her full statement:

“We have learned that Alderman Michael Scott, who was an attendee at yesterday’s press conference, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Alderman was asymptomatic and is following all of the necessary health protocols. In coordination with the Chicago Department of Public Health, we are reaching out to all those who interacted with Alderman Scott to provide guidance on how they can get tested and any other health and safety measures they should take at this time. We will also be conducting a deep clean of the press conference space and the additional spaces where the Alderman interacted in the building.

Mayor Lightfoot has been tested for COVID-19 since yesterday’s press conference, and her results have come back negative. She will continue to follow the guidance of the Department of Public Health over the course of the standard 14-day incubation period. She will not be quarantining given that she was not in close proximity with the Alderman for an extended period of time, per CDPH and CDC guidelines on quarantining. All participants were wearing masks and practicing proper social distancing for the duration of yesterday’s press conference.”


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