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Pritzker isolating after possible COVID-19 exposure

It’s the third time the governor has isolated over possible exposure to the virus.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a daily briefing in March 2020.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a daily briefing in March. His office announced Nov. 5, 2020, that he may have been exposed to COVID-19.
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Governor J.B. Pritzker is self-isolating after possibly being exposed to COVID-19, his office announced Friday.

The possible exposure stems from a Monday meeting that took place in a large conference room in the governor’s office, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The person he met with, who does not work in the governor’s office, later tested positive for COVID-19, according to spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh.

Pritzker tested negative for the virus on Wednesday, but was tested again Friday as a precaution, Abudayyeh said. The governor is isolating as he awaits the most recent results, which are expected this weekend.

Health officials are contact tracing to track the possible spread of the virus from the exposure, the governor’s office said.

It’s the third time the governor has isolated over possible exposure to the coronavirus. He self-isolated for 14 days after a staffer tested positive in September, and in May when a senior staffer tested positive.