Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will quarantine for two weeks after a member of his administration tested positive for the coronavirus. The staff member had attended events with Gov. J.B. Pritzker all last week, including in Chicago, Marion, and Marseilles. The aide tested positive Monday after feeling symptoms. Pritzker and other administration members tested negative the same day.
Meanwhile, the governor has also faced increasing pressure from parents and student-athletes to allow fall sports to commence in the state of Illinois, but Pritzker is standing firm that he will not sign off on allowing sports like football to start now.
Health officials in Illinois on Tuesday reported 1,531 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, along with 30 additional deaths attributed to the virus.
Gov. Pritzker will review putting Region One (which includes DeKalb County) on Lockdown on Thursday, according to local media sources. This region has seen eight days of positivity increases – meeting one of the criteria for stricter regulation measures – plus also has had four days of hospital admission increases. On Tuesday the local region’s positivity rate increased to 8.3% (DeKalb county 7.4%). NIU has returned to in-person class attendance, but also have a spike in COVID-19 cases. If the positivity rate goes above 8% on Wednesday, the Governor may essentially close down some businesses and activities.