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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart tests positive for COVID-19

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Madeline Buckley

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from his office.

Dart, who has been sheriff since 2006, received the results Friday after being tested Tuesday, according to the release. He is experiencing symptoms of the virus as he recovers at home.

He last reported to work on Nov. 19, and began feeling symptoms the following day, the release said, and then “immediately self-quarantined.”

Dart does not know where he contracted the virus, according to the release.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, 267 people detained at Cook County Jail were positive for COVID-19, including five who are being treated at area hospitals, according to the sheriff’s office. Another 126 employees were positive.

The sheriff held a news conference outside the jail on Nov. 12 to warn people to follow COVID-19 guidelines as cases began to rise again in Illinois and across the country this fall.

Last week, the sheriff’s office announced it was halting in-person visits at the jail because of rising coronavirus cases in the Chicago area after resuming them in an outdoor setting in June.

In Illinois, health officials on Saturday announced 7,873 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 108 additional fatalities across the state.


Madeline Buckley is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She has previously reported on criminal justice issues in Indiana and Texas and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.


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