The Democratic hypocrite declared she was undergoing cold-like symptoms and isolated at home. Keep in mind this is the woman who banned large gatherings only to allow a Lollapalooza concert in Chicago that she attended with her wife, both without masks and with no social distancing. Just to refresh your memories, the day after the concert event closed she again banned all gatherings. Rules for thee but not for me, indeed.
"Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19," Lightfoot announced. "I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation."
Lightfoot was last in public at a press conference late Monday night to declare an agreement was struck between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools over in-person learning and COVID-19 safety protocols.
The union for Chicago teachers rejected in-person lessons, seeking a remote alternative amid a surge in COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, causing the last four days of cancellations. This week, the House of Delegates' approval will go to a rank-and-file union vote.
"We can never forget the impact on the lives of our children and their families. They must always be front and center," Lightfoot said. "Every decision has to be made with them at the forefront."
Lightfoot, a Democrat, praised her team and thanked parents for their input and support. She added there were no real winners in this situation.
"No one wins when our students are out of the place where they can learn the best and where they're safest," Lightfoot said.
She also said no one was more frustrated than she was over the most recent union stalemate.
"That's why I said early on, 'Enough is enough.' This was not necessary to happen. ... Three work stoppages in three years? Of course people are frustrated," Lightfoot said, referencing the 2019 teachers strike and a similar CTU vote last school year to refuse in-person work.
"I'm hopeful this is the end, at least for this school year," she continued.
At a press conference Monday night, CTU leaders praised measures they announced should increase testing in schools, create metrics that could trigger schools to go remote, secure further KN95 masks for staff and students, and beef up contact tracing.
"It was not an agreement that had everything, it's not a perfect agreement, but it's certainly something we can hold our heads up about, partly because it was so difficult to get," CTU President Jesse Sharkey stated.
The teachers union had argued for virtual learning through Jan. 18 amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.
As of Monday, Chicago Public Schools reportedly had 7,500 students and more than 2,000 adults in isolation or quarantine.
The mayor reportedly got her COVID-19 booster shot on Nov. 12 throughout a citywide event advancing vaccinations.