Illinois State Representative Tim Butler, (R) Springfield, has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a tweet, Rep. Butler said he was experiencing symptoms, got tested at Walgreens, and got his results in 30 minutes.
Butler said this is his third COVID-19 rapid test this year and he is now quarantining in the basement of his home.
* Peoria Journal Star…
State Rep. Tim Butler isn’t sure how he contracted COVID-19, but he knows what to do now.
It entails remaining in quarantine for at least 10 days. Of course, that span matches almost perfectly the time until election day Nov. 3.
“It’s difficult as a politician, going into the last 10 days before the election, to say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stay home,’” Butler said. “That kind of stinks.” […]
“It is what it is,” said Butler, who also said he spent the previous week in Springfield. “Obviously it’s a very contagious virus. I’ve taken it seriously from the beginning.
“I’ve tried to wear a mask and social distance when at all possible, but obviously all of us don’t take all the protections we do 24 hours a day, and we get a little lax. So who knows how I got it.”
Butler, who represents the northern part of Springfield up through Tazewell County, is the fifth state legislator who has publicly disclosed a COVID-19 diagnosis since the Spring. Others include Reps. Edward Gonzalez Jr. (D-Chicago), Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake), David Welter (R-Morris) and Dave Severin (R-Benton). Illinois Congressmen Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) — who represents part of Springfield — and Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) also tested positive.
House Republican members Welter, Severin and Butler announced their diagnoses within a little more than a week of each other.
Welter announced his positive test on October 15.
Local health officials said Sunday that the region that includes Sangamon County is “strikingly close” to additional mitigations for bars and restaurants as it combats another wave of COVID-19. […]
“I’ve practiced infectious diseases for 40 years,” added Dr. Donald Graham, a clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. “I’ve seen a number of epidemics, both in Springfield, Sangamon County and the state of Illinois and throughout the country and I can tell you this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”
Miller warned that other regions of Illinois have had to recently implement additional mitigation measures, including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants.
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