CHICAGO — City officials are clearing travel to Connecticut and D.C. as COVID cases drop in both areas, and say a few more states and territories could come off the watch list if they continue to make progress.
Every state was on the city’s Travel Advisory last week as the country tries to rein in COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the highly contagious Delta variant. The Chicago Department of Public Health said Tuesday that Connecticut and D.C. were removed from the high alert list after maintaining a COVID case rate below 15 per 100,000 residents for two straight weeks.
As of Tuesday, California, Puerto Rico and Vermont also are lowering their daily case rates. If they stay below that threshold, they also could be removed from the advisory list next week.
“This is an encouraging snapshot of the nation’s daily COVID data, but by no means can we let our guard down now,” CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady said in a statement. “Together we can continue to turn the tide against COVID if we closely follow this travel guidance and abide by other COVID precautions: mask up, get vaccinated and help anyone who is not vaccinated to get their shots.”
Chicago’s travel advisory is still just a recommendation. People can go to states on the list — but it’s not recommended.
Under the advisory, unvaccinated people are asked to get tested one to three days before leaving.
All people must wear masks on public transportation — including planes, buses and trains — and people must wear masks indoors in public in Chicago. Travelers are also asked to avoid crowds as much as possible and wash their hands or use sanitizer.
After traveling, unvaccinated people should quarantine for at least seven days and get tested three to five days after coming back, according to the advisory. People who don’t get tested should self-quarantine for at least 10 days.
And unvaccinated people who traveled should avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness — like older people and immunocompromised people — for at least 14 days, regardless of their test results.
All travelers are asked to watch themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and to isolate and get tested if they have symptoms.
Anyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago. The shots are free and do not require health insurance.
• In Illinois, about 6.88 million people — or 54.05 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.
• Across the state, 19,802 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.
• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,218,536 vaccine doses of the 16,785,755 provided to them.
• City data shows about 1.52 million Chicagoans — or 56.6 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. About 61.8 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.
• Since Monday, 40 Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19.
• At least 24,407 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,601 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
• The state reported 5,660 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,578,198.
• Since Monday, 87,750 tests were reported statewide. In all, 30,099,346 tests have been reported in Illinois.
• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 4.5 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 4.4 percent Monday.
• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 4.9 percent. It was at 5 percent Monday.
• As of Monday night, 547 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 314 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.
• In Chicago, 11 deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,705 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of 4.14 deaths per day, the same rate as the week prior.
• Chicago has had a total of 309,976 confirmed cases. An average of 433 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 10 percent decrease from the week prior.
• At the same time, average daily testing has dropped 7 percent from last week.
• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 3.7 percent, the same rate as last week.
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