Chicago updated its travel advisory on Tuesday, adding three more states – for a total of five states and one territory – to the list advising anyone entering the city from those areas to test negative for COVID-19 or to self-quarantine upon arrival.
Florida, Louisiana and Nevada, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands have been added to the notice as all 50 states see an increase in coronavirus cases, the Chicago Department of Public Health said in a statement.
Last week, Missouri and Arkansas were both added to the travel advisory after several weeks with no states on the list. Both states remain on the notice, which the CRPD said would now be updated weekly in the future.
Recent increases in COVID metrics have pushed these newly added states above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people to be on the “amber” list. Anyone below that mark is on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.
The CDPH shared tariffs in each state on the list, as well as Illinois and Chicago, starting Tuesday and the week before:
|state||Rate per 100,000 residents – 07/20/21||Rate per 100,000 residents – 07/13/21|
|City of Chicago||3.3||2.7|
“Unvaccinated people traveling from Amber List states or territories are advised to test negative for COVID-19 no later than 72 hours before arriving in Chicago or to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days upon arrival. says CRPD. “People who have been vaccinated are exempt from the notice, which will be updated weekly in the future. “
The CDPH said last week that data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that “rates of COVID cases have steadily increased in other parts of the country.”
The update to the travel advisory came at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago reached 90 per day – a 69% increase from the previous week and exactly double the two-week previous ones.
Hospitalizations and deaths are down in Chicago – 11% and 13%, respectively, since last week – but the test positivity rate is 1.5% from 1% last week.
“We remain well below our peak rates, but these recent increases are cause for concern,” CRPD Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said in a statement on Tuesday. “But what we said from the start hasn’t changed – if you want to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community, get vaccinated.”
Arwady noted last week that about 99% of new COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated people.
The travel advisory will be updated every Tuesday in the future, and any changes will take effect the following Friday.