Chicago changes travel ordering guidelines “to prevent spread of COVID-19” – NBC Chicago


Chicago’s emergency travel order was changed again on Tuesday as the city switches to a two-tier system “to prevent further spread of COVID-19,” health officials said.

Under the new guidelines, which take effect Friday, states are classified as “orange” or “yellow,” eliminating a previous “red” category.

Orange states and territories have average rates of coronavirus greater than 15 cases per day, per 100,000 population, and yellow states and territories have rates below 15 cases per day, per 100,000 population.

“Chicago has seen several weeks of new, mostly stable or declining daily cases, and the test positivity rate has declined and is now 10.3%,” the CRPD said in a statement Tuesday. “The city is now registering 38 new daily cases based on a 7-day moving average, which is a lower rate than the 3-tier system implementation in November 2020.”

As of Tuesday, Hawaii is the only state listed as “yellow” and the other 49 states are in the orange category, as are Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, according to the city’s health department. The list is due for update on January 26.

While health officials have urged residents to avoid travel if possible, here are the requirements for each category:

  • Yellow: States with a 7-day moving average less than 15 cases / day / 100,000 residents.
    • No quarantine or pre-arrival testing required. Maintain strict masking, social distancing, and avoid in-person gatherings
  • Orange: States have a 7-day moving average greater than 15 cases / day / 100,000 residents
    • 10 day quarantine OR negative pre-arrival test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings

The travel order was last updated on December 29, when 34 states were categorized as “red” states, meaning travelers were required to self-quarantine for 10 days when they were coming to Chicago.

The emergency travel order requiring quarantine for travelers from certain locations was first issued in July in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In November, the city changed the way it reports that states have been added to its travel order, ranking states on a color-coded map to determine the current requirements for travelers, from the initial requirement to ‘quarantine of 14 days to a negative test. result depending on the severity of the condition’s outbreak.

Then in December, an order update followed changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. In order to be listed as a “red” state, the threshold has been raised to 60 new cases per day per 100,000 inhabitants, against only 15 cases per day. He also changed the quarantine timeframe from 14 days to 10.

CRPD commissioner Allison Arwady has previously said that regardless of a state’s color under the order, she would not recommend unnecessary travel.

“At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be traveling,” she said in November. “Right now, COVID is booming all over the United States and you risk bringing COVID with you. ”

The city said it hoped to simply notify travelers of the order, but those found in breach could face fines ranging from $ 100 to $ 500 a day, up to $ 7,000.

“Quarantine and pre-arrival testing requirements apply to people even if they have no symptoms of COVID-19,” the city’s health department said in a statement.

Exceptions can be made for travel for medical care, shared parental custody, and business travel for essential workers. It also does not apply to a person crossing states for less than 24 hours during the trip, including airport stopovers or people passing through a particular state. Daily commuters to and from neighboring states are also exempt.


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