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Arkansas removed from Chicago’s COVID-19 travel advisory | Chicago News

(WTTW news)
(WTTW news)

Chicago officials on Tuesday removed Arkansas from the city’s COVID-19 travel advisory, even as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chicago continue to rise as colder weather blanketed the city.

The advisory still covers 40 states and Guam, Dr. Allison Arwady, the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner.

The states not included in the advisory are concentrated in the south, where cases of COVID-19, fueled by the delta variant, increased during the summer months but have now decreased.

To be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Thanksgiving, those 18 and older must receive the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine or the last dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, Arwady said.

“For many of us, our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, hoping we can celebrate with family and friends, as we did before COVID,” Arwady said. “If you want some peace of mind not just for yourself but for those you’re joining for Thanksgiving, make sure you’re fully vaccinated by [Friday].”

Unvaccinated visitors to Chicago from those states are being urged to quarantine for 10 days or take a negative test for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their arrival, officials said.

In addition, unvaccinated travelers should be tested three to five days before they leave for their trip and three to five days after their return, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even if they test negative, they must be quarantined for seven days. Those who do not take a test must be quarantined for 10 days after travel, according to the new guideline.

Unvaccinated travelers should be away from people at risk for serious illness for 14 days, even if they test negative, according to the new guideline.

The city’s travel order, which was first implemented in July 2020, did not include states as of June 1, as vaccination efforts quelled the cases and spurred reopening in the United States. On June 29, officials announced that the order would become an advisory as the number of COVID-19 cases across the country remained low. The delta variant halted that progress.

States and territories that have an average of more than 15 cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 residents are covered by the travel advisory, Chicago officials said.

Chicago has an average of 14.1 new cases per day per 100,000 residents. Illinois has an average of 19.7 cases per day, according to CDPH data. The national number of cases is 21.6, officials said.

According to CDPH data, an average of 382 Chicago residents were diagnosed with the coronavirus every day in the past week, a 21% increase from the previous week.

Four companies were subpoenaed between Thursday and Sunday for violating the city’s mandate for indoor masks, city officials said.

The city’s test position is 2%, up from 1.7% a week ago.

According to city data, daily hospitalizations have fallen by 27% in the past seven days, and 65.5% of all Chicago residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

No one was charged with violating the travel warrant, which could have resulted in fines ranging from $100 to $500 per day with a maximum fine of $7,000, according to the mayor’s office.

City officials said the advice is intended as part of a COVID-19 education campaign.

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