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Chicago’s Top Doc Has COVID But Has Minimal Symptoms Thanks To Vaccines, She Says

Dr. Allison Arwady has become known as a guiding force for Chicago during the pandemic, hosting news conference and livestreams where she's answered Chicagoans' questions and talked about the city's progress.

Dr. Allison Arwady fields questions from pool reporter Craig Wall at a news conference at the Gage Park Vaccination Site on Feb. 19, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The city’s top health official has COVID-19 but is experiencing minimal symptoms, the health department announced Thursday.

Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night, she said in a statement. It is the first time Arwady has been known to have COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Arwady said she is experiencing “cold-like symptoms” but is “otherwise well.”

“… Which I credit to the fact that I’m fully vaccinated and boosted,” Arwady said in the statement.

Arwady is working from home and isolating, in step with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she said.

“I want to remind all Chicagoans to get up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, which have proven to be incredibly effective at protecting against severe outcomes from the virus,” Arwady said in the statement. “We have made great progress against COVID-19, and I thank everyone who has made the decision to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities.

“But the virus is still out there and we have more work to do to put this pandemic behind us.”

Arwady has become known as a guiding force for Chicago during the pandemic, hosting news conference and frequent livestreams where she’s answered Chicagoans’ questions and talked about the city’s progress in reducing the spread of the virus and getting people vaccinated so they’ll be protected.

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