AG Kwame Raoul Tests Positive For COVID-19


Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced in a news release Tuesday, and the number of confirmed cases in Montgomery County increased for the first time in weeks.

“After experiencing minor symptoms over the weekend, I consulted with my health care provider using telehealth services. Upon the advice of my doctor, I was tested yesterday and informed today that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Raoul said in a news release. 

The Montgomery County Health Department reported 41 positive cases in Montgomery County, and increase of one.  Nine test results are pending.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 546 new cases on Wednesday and 87 additional confirmed deaths, including a male in his 60s in Macoupin County.

The attorney general said his symptoms remain mild, and he continues to be in communication with staff to manage operations of his office. The programs and services provided by the attorney general’s office will continue uninterrupted, he said. 

The attorney general also said he has been self-isolating since first experiencing symptoms and will continue to do so upon guidance from doctors and public health authorities. Raoul said he is in the process of identifying individuals he came into contact with, and they would be advised to self-isolate and seek telehealth guidance.

“Although the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois is decreasing, I urge people to follow guidance from public health officials by staying at least six feet away from others, wearing a face mask when around others, and washing your hands often,” Raoul said. “I am fortunate to be otherwise healthy and am following recommendations to protect those around me.”

Those who have contracted COVID-19 in Illinois have a 93 percent recovery rate 42 days after having contracted the virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. 


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