Alderman Michael Scott Jr. from Chicago has tested positive for covid-19
The announcement was made on Thursday evening that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a community event that offered on-site testing.
“On Friday July 31st, the 24th Ward hosted, in conjunction with the 10th and 11th police district, our Bike the Boulevard event to encourage safe and positive community activity. One of the resources provided to the community and myself was COVID testing on-site. Today, I received my test results and they came back positive,” Scott said in a statement.
While speaking during a media breifing, Scott revealed that he is at home and is asymptomatic.
Scott has appeared with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Dr. Allison Arwady from public health for the announcement about the all-remote start to the school year Wednesday.
Scott said he immediately notified the mayor’s office.
Lightfoot had a public event scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. but it was canceled for unknown reasons.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said told ABC7:
“We have learned that Alderman Michael Scott, who was an attendee at yesterday’s press conference, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Alderman was asymptomatic and is following all of the necessary health protocols. In coordination with the Chicago Department of Public Health, we are reaching out to all those who interacted with Alderman Scott to provide guidance on how they can get tested and any other health and safety measures they should take at this time. We will also be conducting a deep clean of the press conference space and the additional spaces where the Alderman interacted in the building.
Mayor Lightfoot has been tested for COVID-19 since yesterday’s press conference, and her results have come back negative. She will continue to follow the guidance of the Department of Public Health over the course of the standard 14-day incubation period. She will not be quarantining given that she was not in close proximity with the Alderman for an extended period of time, per CDPH and CDC guidelines on quarantining . All participants were wearing masks and practicing proper social distancing for the duration of yesterday’s press conference.”
“As a public official, it is my responsibility to share this news because I have a public facing life. I understand how crucial it is to offer clear communication with my constituents, community members, and elected officials during these difficult times to keep us all safe,” he said. “Thank you to everyone for your support of me and my family at this time.”
Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer said he attended the event that Scott held on Friday night.
“Although we all had face mask[s] on and I have no symptoms I am actively quarantining,” Deer told ABC7 in a statement Thursday night.
Deer said he tested negative for COVID-19 a week ago and plans to get tested tomorrow “just to be on the safe side.”
“I literally found out this evening,” he said.