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Chicago faces ‘highly significant’ COVID-19 spike, as Omicron variant looms, says Top Doc | Chicago News

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Even as the threat of the ommicron variant of COVID-19 has yet to manifest in Chicago, the city is facing a “very significant” wave of COVID-19, fueled by holiday gatherings and indoor events, Chicago’s top arts said. Tuesday.

While the ommicron variant of COVID-19 has yet to be discovered in Chicago, Dr. Allison Arwady, the Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner, said the city is now experiencing a second wave of cases of the delta variant of COVID-19. . It is likely that the omicron variant is present in Chicago and will be detected in the coming days, Arwady said.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, there is now a “very high risk” of COVID-19 transmission in Chicago, as the city had an average of 828 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the city, the number of confirmed cases of the virus is also rising at Chicago Public Schools, with the number of students testing positive between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 compared to the week before.

That has forced more than 6,800 students exposed to people with the virus to quarantine, an increase of nearly 40% from Saturday to Monday, according to data from the Chicago Public Schools.

But Chicago schools remain safe for students and teachers, Arwady said.

Data from Chicago health officials shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chicago have increased since Oct. 25, when the weather turned colder and people were sent inside. The number of cases is also likely to increase after families and friends gather for Thanksgiving, Arwady said.

According to CDPH data, the highest rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in the Midwest.

Arwady urged all Chicago residents over 5 to get vaccinated, and for those over 18 to get a booster dose of the vaccine as soon as they qualify. Everyone should also wear a mask inside a public place, she added.

Chicago officials added North Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia to the city’s COVID-19 travel advisory on Tuesday.

That advisory now spans 40 states, Arwady said.

Unvaccinated visitors to Chicago from those states are 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 30.6 new cases per day per 100,000 residents. Illinois has an average of 39.2 cases per day, according to data from the Chicago Department of Public Health. The national number of cases is 31.3, officials said.

The city’s test position is 4.1%, up from 3.2% a week ago.

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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