Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton has tested positive for COVID-19, she announced Thursday.
The state’s second-in-command said in a tweet that she had “mild symptoms and will isolate as I recover.”
“I’m so relieved to be fully vaccinated and boosted,” Stratton said. “If you have yet to do so, please get vaccinated, your booster and wear a mask. I appreciate your prayers and good vibes!”
Stratton, who previously served as a South Side state representative, is among nearly 117,000 Illinoisans who have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week — by far the state’s largest spike in infections since the pandemic hit.
Earlier this week, Congressman Bobby Rush announced he contracted a breakthrough case but was asymptomatic. He was also fully vaccinated and boosted.
All three of the life-saving vaccines protect against severe cases of COVID-19. While early research suggests the highly infectious Omicron variant is more likely to cause breakthrough cases, vaccinated people are far less likely to end up in a hospital or worse, experts say.
Almost a quarter of the state’s eligible population are still unvaccinated. For help finding a shot, visit vaccines.gov.