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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart tests positive for coronavirus

Dart last worked Nov. 19, began feeling symptoms the next day and then immediately self-quarantined, officials said.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart attends a press conference last month outside the Cook County Jail, where he appealed to the community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dart tested positive for the virus on Friday.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart attends a press conference last month outside the Cook County Jail, where he appealed to the community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dart tested positive for the virus on Friday.
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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is at home recovering after testing positive for COVID-19, his office announced Saturday.

Dart last worked Nov. 19, began feeling symptoms the next day and then immediately self-quarantined, according to a statement from Dart’s office.

He was tested Tuesday and received results Friday confirming he had contracted the virus, the sheriff’s office said.

Dart remains symptomatic and is under the care of a physician while recovering at home, the sheriff’s office said. He is unsure how he was infected.

Earlier this month, Dart suspended in-person visits at the Cook County Jail as coronavirus cases have surged across the state. Since the pandemic began, eight detainees at the jail overseen by Dart have died of the virus.

Almost 713,000 people have contracted COVID-19 statewide since March.