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Mundelein’s Mayor Tests Positive for COVID-19

Post Date:03/27/2020

At the March 23, 2020 Village Board Meeting conducted remotely, Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz announced he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus--making him the first municipal leader in the Northwest suburbs to publicly reveal that diagnosis. The mayor’s wife Michelle also tested positive for the disease prior to him.

"Normally, I would never tell our constituents that I have a runny nose, a cold, the flu, or even a broken limb," Lentz said, reading from a prepared statement. "But given the awful events surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, as an elected official I feel obligated to disclose that over the weekend I tested positive for this virus. My first symptom, a scratchy throat, was so mild I would never have thought I had (the virus)," he said. "Without the call to social distancing, I think it highly likely that I would have gone about my routine as usual and spread the disease unknowingly."

Mayor Lentz visited his physician for an assessment and his physician decided to test him because his wife had tested positive for the disease. Mayor Lentz and his wife have isolated themselves in their Mundelein home.

In his remarks during the meeting, Mayor Lentz stressed the importance of social distancing during this crisis, even if you feel OK. He also asked for everyone to consider Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago call to pray about the crisis five times a day -- at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. corresponding to the times that churches will ring their church bells on a daily basis.

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