Aurora Mayor and Police Chief Test Positive for COVID-19


AURORA- The Kane County Health Department confirmed Friday that Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman for COVID-19.  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.”

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.”

Their work areas at City Hall and the Aurora Police Department were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected last week.