AURORA, IL -The Kane County Health Department confirmed the positive COVID-19 test results for Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.
Under stern advice from the health department, both were tested last Saturday after an Aurora Police supervisor tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am thankful for the health experts and their recommendation for testing,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “I am not certain when I contracted the virus, but I was able to curb any further community spread by self-quarantining and not going about each day with business as usual, albeit with social distancing.”
The mayor’s last public appearance was last Friday, March 20 during a media briefing at Aurora City Hall.
“While I’ve experienced some serious flu-like symptoms this week, I’m feeling much better and looking forward to making a full recovery,” said Mayor Irvin. “As we know, this isn’t the case for everyone and that’s why we all must take this so seriously. I am imploring our community to stay at home. The only way to beat this is by working together. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.”
Chief Ziman and her command staff began self-quarantining on the morning of Saturday, March 21, following the recommendations after the police supervisor was tested for COVID-19 the prior evening.
She and her team have continued to lead the police department remotely while awaiting results. Chief Ziman had begun to experience some mild symptoms and on Thursday evening, Chief Ziman was notified that she tested positive for COVID-19.
"I am doing well and have continued working utilizing video and conference calling with our team at the Aurora Police Department and at the City every day to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and our department and city operations," said Chief Ziman. "This is an all hands on deck effort, we've taken steps to protect our officers and practice social distancing, but this virus is here and we need everyone's help to stop the spread."
"Our officers have answered the call and are not standing down in these times of uncertainty," Chief Ziman said. "They are the real heroes and my number one mission remains to keep them safe and healthy."
Immediate family and staff members of both Irvin and Ziman have been notified and are taking precautionary measures. Their work areas at City Hall and the Aurora Police Department were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected last week.
The CDC mandates at least a 14-day quarantine period for positive cases from the date of the initial test.
During the next week or so, both the mayor and police chief will continue to work with the City’s COVID-19 Task Force safely from home.
“The public may never know all of the other names and faces of those who have COVID-19, most of whom will recover just as we expect to do,” said Mayor Irvin. “We are examples that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we will continue to use our public platforms to express to everyone in Aurora how critically important it is for each of us to do our part. Follow the science. Follow the rules. Behave as if you already have it. Stay home. Save lives.”