September 28, 2020

Chicago adds 3 states to emergency travel order requiring 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival

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CHICAGO — The City of Chicago added Hawaii, Nebraska and North Carolina to its list of states requiring visitors or anyone arriving from there to self-quarantine for 14 days Tuesday.

Starting Friday, anyone arriving from the newly-added states will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in Chicago, or they could face fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000.

Exceptions to the order include personal travel for medical care and parental shared custody, and for business travel to Chicago for essential workers.

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States are added to the list if they pass the threshold of 15 daily cases per 100,000 residents. If a state drops below that limit for a week, they could be taken off the list.

States currently on the list include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

Speaking Tuesday, CPDH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Indiana could be one of the next states added to the list.

WATCH ABOVE: Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady gives an update on the city’s emergency travel order

Arwady said Notre Dame in South Bend and Ball State in Muncie have seen cases increase over the last week., and Indiana could be added to the list if there’s is no improvement.

In Chicago, there was a slow increase of one percent from last week to an average of 350 cases a day, although Arwady said 400 cases a day would be a cause for concern. Arwady said if that happens, additional restrictions may be put in place. 

Arwady said COVID-19 is spreading when people let their guards down, and the majority of new cases continue to be among young people. 

Many are spread during large gatherings, including a recent Chicago pool party where 13 teens who tested positive for COVID-19 later spread it to at least six others outside the party.