Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tests Positive for COVID-19

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 11 in a breakthrough case.

Lightfoot, who is fully vaccinated and has received the booster shot, said that she is experiencing symptoms.

“Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,” Lightfoot said on Twitter.

Lightfoot added that she plans to continue to work from home and urged the public to get the vaccine and the booster shot.

Lightfoot’s announcement came a day before schools in the city are set to reopen after the teacher’s union staged a walkout to call for remote learning rather than in-person.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Jan. 9, Lightfoot called the walkout “illegal” and insisted that “the safest place for kids to be is in-person learning in schools.” 

On Jan. 11, Chicago reported 4,793 new cases, a drop from 5,189 reported last week.

Chicago also recorded 187 new hospitalizations — a 37% increase from last week — and 17 new deaths.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady warned that the surge in cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant is still ongoing.

“This is still a very bad surge and I don’t want people to think otherwise. And I really don’t want people to think sort of it’s over. It is extremely not over,” Arwady said in a briefing.


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