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6 Places Could Come Off Chicago’s Travel Advisory Next Week

The advisory currently includes 47 states and three territories, as the United States has struggled to get control over the Delta outbreak.

People wear masks as they move through Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport on May 9, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Six states and territories could come off Chicago’s coronavirus travel advisory next week.

The city had no updates to the advisory this week. It currently includes 47 states and three territories, as the United States has struggled to get control over the Delta outbreak.

But that could change next week, as six places — Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Hawaii; Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands — could be removed since their daily new COVID-19 cases are dropping, according to a city news release.

The updated advisory will come on Tuesday.

Unvaccinated people who come to Chicago from places on the list should quarantine for at least seven days and get tested three to five days after arriving, according to the advisory. People who don’t get tested should self-quarantine for at least 10 days.

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.

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 47 states and three territories on the advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • 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

Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has previously urged Chicagoans who aren’t fully vaccinated not to travel to places on the list, as they could be at risk.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 7.1 million people — or 56 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 28,950 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,927,266 vaccine doses of the 17,866,645 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.57 million Chicagoans — or 58.5 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated, and 63.6 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

Everyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago.

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:

• One hundred three Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Friday.

• At least 25,327 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,762 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 10,775 cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,660,883.

• Since Friday, 505,233 tests were reported statewide. In all, 33,443,341 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate was at 2.1 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 2.1 percent Friday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 2.6 percent. It was at 2.6 percent Friday.

• As of Tuesday night, 365 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 197 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, 23 deaths were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,832 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than three deaths per day, down 11 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has 1,536 had confirmed cases reported since Friday. It’s had a total of 321,752 confirmed cases. An average of 317 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 12 percent decrease from the week prior.

• Testing in Chicago is down 4 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 2 percent, down from 2.2 percent the week prior.

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