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Vast majority of legislators did not get tested during all but one session days

Friday, Jan 15, 2021

* These are daily COVID-19 raw testing numbers for the BOS Center and the Statehouse by date. They do not include results. As you’ll see, these are both rapid tests (Binax) which have high numbers of negative results, and the far more accurate PCR tests. Click here for an explanation about the difference.

There are 177 state legislators (although a few couldn’t make it to town). An unknown (to the public) number of staff members were also at both venues. Everyone who took a rapid test also got a PCR test, according to the governor’s office, which is why there are two rows. Click the pic for a larger image

Sheesh, people. What are you thinking?

* Meanwhile, from the Senate Democrats…

Last night, correspondence was sent notifying you of a positive COVID-19 test on the Capitol Complex. Our initial email suggesting that everyone quarantine and be tested was based on the information we had at the time and stated out of an abundance of caution. Now that contact tracing has concluded, we have more information.

As previously stated in last night’s correspondence, we have been told there was minimal contact between the affected person and our members and staff.

To further clarify, we have been told the affected person was not on or near the Senate floor for inauguration and did not come into contact with any guests of the Senate Democratic Caucus. We have also been told the affected person did not come into contact with any of the witnesses who testified before the Executive Committee or members of the press.

We have been told that anyone who was in direct contact with the affected person has been contacted by phone. However, it is our understanding that none of our Members or staff were in “close contact” with the affected person as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Well, at least that’s good news. But keep in mind that lots of people weren’t taking tests.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

6 Comments
  1. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 1:59 pm:

    Why wouldn’t someone get a test? Do they really think they’re that invincible? If I was working with a bunch of people I’d gladly get tested every day.


  2. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 2:24 pm:

    ===Why wouldn’t someone get a test?===

    Makes no sense.


  3. - NIU Grad - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 2:30 pm:

    This, mixed with the unsafe actions on the floor of each body (hugging, maskless photo-ops, taking off masks to speak), demonstrate a serious failure in leadership.


  4. - Louis G Atsaves - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 2:37 pm:

    So tests were readily available to them during those days and most still didn’t bother? Unbelievable.


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 2:38 pm:

    ===Unbelievable===

    Yeah. Nuts.


  6. - JuMP - Friday, Jan 15, 21 @ 2:56 pm:

    Clueless Rep71st Chicago Trib photo sans mask being interviewed on the floor.1/14/21


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