Chicago health officials are expected to update the city’s coronavirus travel order on Tuesday, detailing the two states that will meet criteria for requiring quarantine on arrival in the city.
Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Dr Allison Arwady is due to present the update at a 1 p.m. press conference at City Hall, which can be watched live in the video player below. above.
The update will include the latest information on the travel order, as well as new data on the coronavirus pandemic in Chicago, and the latest details on vaccine distribution, officials said.
The travel order was last updated on December 29, when 34 states were categorized as “red” states, meaning travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days when they come to Chicago.
This number was up from previous weeks and included: California, Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Delaware, Nevada, Indiana, Utah, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Idaho, Kentucky, Florida, New Jersey, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, South Dakota, Missouri, Virginia, Louisiana, Nebraska and Colorado.
Fifteen states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have been listed as “orange,” meaning they require quarantine or a negative test before they arrive in Chicago. This list now also includes: Connecticut, Wisconsin, Maryland, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Washington and Oregon.
Only two states, Hawaii and Vermont, have been classified as “yellow,” meaning that a quarantine is not required upon entering or returning to the city – although officials of health have long warned against non-essential travel and continue to urge strict respect for public health. guidelines like wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gatherings.
The emergency travel order requiring quarantine for travelers from certain locations was 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.
Here is an overview of the guidelines:
- 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 between 15 cases / day / 100,000 residents and the Chicago 7-day moving average (currently: 60 cases / day / 100,000 residents)
- 10 day quarantine OR negative test before arrival no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago with strict masking, social distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings
- Rouge: States have a higher 7-day moving average of positive cases / day / 100,000 residents than Chicago.
Arwady has previously said that regardless of the color of a state under the ordinance, she would not recommend any 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.
The Chicago travel order, which began July 6, is now being evaluated every other Tuesday, with the additions taking effect the following Friday.