CHICAGO — Four more spots have been added to Chicago’s travel advisory as they see surges in coronavirus cases.
For weeks, no states appeared on Chicago’s travel advisory because COVID-19 cases across the country dropped as vaccines became widely available. But coronavirus is now spiking in multiple states, with the surges fueled by the more-contagious Delta variant and the low amount of people who are fully vaccinated, officials have said.
Last week, the list was brought back with Missouri and Arkansas.
This week, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and the U.S. Virgin Islands are being added to the advisory.
Under the advisory, unvaccinated people who come from spots on the list to Chicago are asked to get a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arriving or to quarantine for 10 days upon arriving.
Vaccinated people are exempt.
The federal government still requires all people to wear masks on public transit — including planes, buses and trains — and at airports and stations.
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, also urged Chicagoans who aren’t fully vaccinated not to travel to places on the list, as they could be at risk.
During a Tuesday news conference, Arwady also noted cases and positivity rates are going up in all 50 states. The national uptick is being fueled by the more-contagious Delta Variant and by people not getting vaccinated, Arwady said.
Chicago is no different, as its cases and positivity rate are beginning to creep up. Arwady urged people to get vaccinated so they can be better protected against the virus and help prevent future variants.
Anyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago. The shots are free and do not require health insurance.
Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.
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