Cook County commissioner tests positive for COVID-19: ‘Feeling well with very little symptoms’

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Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, third from left, looks on while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at Thornton Distilling Company Sept. 23.
Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, third from left, looks on while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at Thornton Distilling Company Sept. 23. | Twitter account of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appeared together last Wednesday at an event. A spokesman said Preckwinkle tested negative on Tuesday.

A commissioner on the Cook County Board has tested positive for the coronavirus about a week after appearing at an event with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

In a series of tweets, Kevin Morrison, who was elected in 2018, said he was “feeling well with very little symptoms.

“Upon receiving my positive test results, I immediately contacted anyone that I knowingly came in contact with and encouraged them to be tested,” Morrison tweeted.

“I will be following Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health guidance and will be self-isolating for at least 14 days and will not resume any in-person activities until a confirmed negative test. I encourage everyone to continue to follow public health guidance and to stay safe.”

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison in 2019.
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Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison attends a board meeting of the Cook County Forrest Preserve at the County Building in 2019.

Morrison and Preckwinkle appeared together last Wednesday to announce the launch of the county’s COVID-19 Small Business Assistance program along with Commissioner Donna Miller, state Rep. William Davis, and community partners.

Morrison is the first openly LGBTQ county commissioner. The northwest suburban Democrat also touts himself as the youngest person elected to the board — 28 in November of 2018. In a significant upset, he beat longtime incumbent Timothy Schneider, who also serves as the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.

A spokesman for Preckwinkle said she tested negative for the virus Tuesday, after news that a staff member of Gov. J.B. Pritzker tested positive for the virus.

“I wish Commissioner Kevin Morrison a speedy recovery,” Preckwinkle said in a tweet. “I understand that he will follow the health experts’ guidance and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until a negative test. All of us at Cook County look forward to having you back and healthy very soon. Get well soon, Commissioner @Kevin4Cook.”

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September 30, 2020 at 04:21PM

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