Ald. Carrie Austin (Ward 34) revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus. It's an odd story, however, I will admit this virus is a bit tricky however the Alderman found out about it.
JUST IN: Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) has tested positive for the coronavirus — after testing negative at a different hospital on the same day. https://t.co/ZwXgFpRQSI— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) July 13, 2020
Chicago’s second-most-senior alderman has tested positive for the coronavirus — after testing negative at a different hospital on the same day.I wish Ald. Austin a speedy recovery if she is in fact ill.
Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) tested positive last month after what sources described as a bleeding episode that initially appeared to signal complications from the surgery she had five years ago to repair a torn aorta that nearly killed her.
Sources said the 71-year-old Austin was taken by ambulance to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where she tested negative for COVID-19. She was then transported by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the original surgery to repair the torn aorta had been conducted.
There, Austin was tested again. This time, the test came back positive, sources said. The veteran alderman, second in seniority only to indicted Ald. Edward Burke (14th), was then transferred to a floor at Northwestern reserved for coronavirus patients in isolation.
She apparently remained there for awhile, and has missed the last two City Council meetings, both conducted online.
The source of the bleeding was not known.
Austin could not be reached for comment. It was not known whether she remains hospitalized or is recuperating at home.