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Mayor of Mundelein tests positive for COVID-19

Steve Lentz is quarantined at home with his wife, who is also diagnosed with the virus.

Mundelein Village Trustee Steve Lentz poses for a portrait at his office in Libertyville on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Lentz is planning to announce his candidacy for Mundelein Mayor. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media
Mundelein Village Mayor Steve Lentz
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The mayor of north suburban Mundelein announced Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first Chicago-area public official to disclose he has the disease.

Steve Lentz made the announcement during an online village board meeting.

“Normally I would never tell my constituents if I had a runny nose, a cold, the flu, or even a broken limb,” Lentz said. “But given the awful events surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, as an elected official I feel obligated to disclose that over the weekend I tested positive for this virus.”

He is quarantined at home with his wife, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19, he said.

Lentz said his symptoms are “mild.”

In his address, Lentz stressed the importance of social distancing, staying at least 6 feet from people and washing your hands often.

“My first symptom was a scratchy throat. It was so mild I would never have thought I had (COVID-19),” he said. “Without the call to social distancing, I think it highly likely that I would have gone about my routine as usual and spread the disease unknowingly.”

On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that Illinois had 1,285 cases of COVID-19 in 31 counties. So far, 12 people in Illinois have died from the virus.