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4 States Added To Chicago’s Travel Advisory As COVID’s Delta Surge Continues

Also, 15 deaths from COVID-19 and 2,989 cases were reported in Illinois during the past day.

Commuters make their way through O'Hare International Airport on May 30, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Four states are being added to Chicago’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory this week.

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 District of Columbia is being removed from the advisory this week, but four states are being added.

In all, there are 43 states and two territories on the advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Southa Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Coronavirus is spiking in multiple states, including Illinois, 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 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.


• In Illinois, about 6.7 million people — or 52.64 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 23,821 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 13,833,251 vaccine doses of the 15,941,725 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.47 million Chicagoans — or 54.8 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. About 60.3 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require 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.

The numbers:

• Fifteen Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Monday.

• At least 23,776 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,515 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 2,989 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,494,571.

• Since Monday, 47,434 tests were reported statewide. In all, 28,314,824 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 5 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 5.1 percent Monday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 5.8 percent. It was at 5.9 percent Monday.

• As of Monday night, 525 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 248 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, seven deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,591 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than three deaths per day, a 21 percent increase from the week prior.

• Chicago has had 401 confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 299,879 confirmed cases. An average of 454 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 7 percent increase from the week prior.

• At the same time, testing has increased 3 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 4.5 percent, up from 4.4 percent the week prior.

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