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Ald. Michael Scott Jr. Announces He Has Tested Positive For COVID-19

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th) announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Scott said on Friday, July 31, his West Side ward – in conjunction with the Ogden (10th) and Harrison (11th) police districts, held a Bike the Boulevard event to encourage safe and positive community activity. Onsite coronavirus testing was offered at the site, and Scott took at test himself.

On Thursday, that test came back positive, he said in a statement.

“I am home now, currently with no symptoms. I am following all the necessary health protocols in accordance with the Chicago Department of Public Health. As a public official, it is my responsibility to share this news because I have a public facing life,” Scott said in the statement. “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. Thank you to everyone for your support of me and my family at this time.”

Scott is chairman of the City Council’s Education Committee. On Wednesday, he appeared at a news conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, city Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, and Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Janice Jackson as they announced that CPS was going to start the school year with remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) also announced she had COVID-19 last month.


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