CHICAGO — Another four states got knocked off Chicago’s COVID-19 travel advisory Tuesday.
Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi were removed from the advisory, leaving 41 states and two territories on the list.
Another eight states and territories — Alabama, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Virgin Islands — could be removed next week if they continue to see a fall in COVID-19 cases.
Cases are falling or stabilizing in many spots around the United States after Delta fueled surges over the summer — though northern states, where cold weather is settling in, have seen rises again.
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.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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.
• In Illinois, about 7.2 million people — or 56.7 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data.
• Across the state, 36,052 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.
• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 15,343,270 vaccine doses of the 18,380,325 provided to them.
• City data shows more than 1.59 million Chicagoans — or 59.3 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated, and 64.4 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.
• Thirty-four Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Monday.
• At least 25,682 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,835 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
• The state reported 2,213 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,688,261.
• Since Monday, 85,514 tests were reported statewide. In all, 34,891,925 tests have been reported in Illinois.
• Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate was at 1.9 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 1.9 percent Monday.
• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 2.2 percent. It was at 2.1 percent Monday.
• As of Monday night, 326 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 150 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.
• In Chicago, 14 deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,883 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of less than two deaths per day, down 57 percent from a week ago.
• Chicago has had 330 confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 326,076 confirmed cases. An average of 285 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 4 percent decrease from the week prior.
• Testing in Chicago is up 8 percent since a week ago.
• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 1.6 percent, down from 2 percent the week prior.
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