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California, Puerto Rico Removed From Chicago’s Travel Advisory

"The country as a whole: still not doing very well from a COVID perspective as Delta's coming through," Chicago's top doctor said.

Commuters make their way through O'Hare International Airport on May 30, 2021.
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CHICAGO — One state and a territory were removed from Chicago’s travel advisory — but another state and a territory were re-added Tuesday.

California and Puerto Rico have been removed from the advisory, but Connecticut and Washington, D.C., were added back to it, the city’s health department announced Tuesday.

“The country as a whole: still not doing very well from a COVID perspective as Delta’s coming through,” Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Tuesday livestream.

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.

In all, there are 48 states and three territories on the advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Arwady has previously 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.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 6.95 million people — or 54.57 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 19,366 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,354,101 vaccine doses of the 17,131,065 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.53 million Chicagoans — or 57.1 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. Just over 62 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

The numbers:

• Since Monday, 22 Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19.

• At least 24,661 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,638 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 3,002 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,601,759.

• Since Monday, 73,732 tests were reported statewide. In all, 30,793,840 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 3.4 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 4.1 percent.

• As of Monday night, 497 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 261 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, four deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,734 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than four deaths per day, down 3 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has 2,314 had confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 313,991 confirmed cases. An average of 414 confirmed cases are being reported per day, an 8 percent decrease from the week prior.

• Testing in Chicago has increased 30 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 3 percent, down from 3.6 percent the week prior.

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