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Don’t Go To Indiana, Chicago’s Top Doctor Says As State Added To Growing Quarantine List

Half the states in the country are now on Chicago's quarantine list, which requires people to stay home for 14 days after traveling to a state with surging COVID-19 infection rates.

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CHICAGO — Indiana, North Carolina, Rhode Island and New Mexico were added to Chicago’s quarantine list Tuesday, meaning people coming from the state next door must stay home for 14 days upon getting to Chicago.

As of last week, Indiana was seeing more than 15 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people daily. The state’s case positivity rate was more than 9 percent Tuesday.

Chicago’s top health official, Dr. Allison Arwady, said people who regularly travel over the Indiana/Illinois border for work or for college are exempt from the quarantine order, along with people traveling for medical care and parental shared custody.

But “Chicago residents are strongly advised not to travel to these states,” she said.

Travelers coming from places on the list to Chicago must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the city. The latest update goes into effect Friday.

There are now 26 states and territories on the list.

Only people who spent a day or longer in high-risk states on the city’s list need to quarantine once they get to Chicago. People who have had layovers in those states do not need to quarantine.

Those who are affected by the order have to stay in a single dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside.

People found violating the quarantine order could be fined between $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.

The current list:

• Alabama
• Alaska
• Arkansas
• Idaho
• Iowa
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Minnesota
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• Montana
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• New Mexico
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• Rhode Island
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Utah
• Wisconsin
• Wyoming

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