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12 States Added To Chicago’s Travel Advisory, Biggest Addition To List In Months

It's the first time since April 19 that the travel advisory has more states on it than not, according to the health department.

People move through Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport on May 9, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Another 12 states have been added to Chicago’s travel advisory as they’ve seen surges in coronavirus cases, the city health department announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time since April 19 that the travel advisory has more states on it than not, according to the health department.

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.

In all, there are 31 states and two territories on the advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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.

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, has also urged Chicagoans who aren’t fully vaccinated not to travel to places on the list, as they could be at risk.

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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