Representatives Mike Bost and Rodney Davis visited SIUE’s campus last Tuesday to reveal a new grant. Three days later, Bost announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

The $1.74 million grant was awarded to the Madison County Employment and Training Department, and is a part of the state of Illinois recovery funds. The grant will be used to help give training and education to those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Business Journal.

Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler, SIU System President Dan Mahony and Chancellor Randy Pembrook also attended the event, among others. The morning began in the Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator in University Park with a press conference about the new grant. Following this, Bost toured the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center on campus and met staff while following mask and social distancing guidelines, according to an email from Executive Director of University Marketing Doug McIlhagga.

In a statement released Friday, Bost announced he’d tested positive the previous night. McIlhagga said contact tracing to identify who Bost had been in close contact with while at SIUE began that Friday. Additionally, he said Pembrook has taken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results.

Pembrook declined to make a statement. The Alestle will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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