Chicago Likely to Add ‘2 or 3 States’ to Travel Advisory Amid Rising COVID Cases, Leading Doctor Says – NBC Chicago


Chicago will likely add two to three states to its travel advisory next week as some areas see an increase in coronavirus cases, the city’s top doctor said on Tuesday.

“We’re doing really well right now here in Chicago, but across the United States, you know, the cases have actually gone up a little bit, haven’t they, it’s gone up 5-10% across the country, â€said the Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner. Dr Allison Arwady said on a live Facebook show.

“And there are a number of states, two or three, that are likely to reverse our travel advisory, right, where they actually have significant increases, not just in cases but in hospitalizations from COVID. “, continued Arwady, answering a question on the mandates of masks in public transport.

Arwady’s comments came exactly one week after Chicago turned its emergency coronavirus travel order into an advisory after no state was on the list requiring travel restrictions for the third consecutive update .

The CDPH announced on June 29 that in more than a month, no state had reached the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 population, which would be the “orange†level in which unvaccinated travelers are required to self-quarantine or provide a negative COVID test upon arrival. in the city.

The last time a state hit the orange level was May 18, the department said, and all US states and territories remained in the less restrictive “yellow” level of the travel order.

As a result, the travel order became an advisory, but the city said emergency guidelines can be reinstated at any time “if significant increases are seen in any state.”

The Chicago travel advisory is expected to be updated on July 13, with any changes taking effect this Friday. It was not immediately clear whether any states added to the notice would reinstate quarantine or negative testing requirements from the previous order.

Responding later to a question about travel, Arwady flagged at least one state that is above that “orange†level threshold because she shared that her process for making travel recommendations includes consideration of the spread of COVID-19 in the particular area where one might be. think about visiting.

“When I help people make these decisions individually, I sometimes take a look at the region where someone is going to travel to get a feel for that,†she said.

Arwady recommended researching the moving average number of new cases per day for each state or region, adjusted for population, as well as trend lines of the number of new cases that have increased or decreased in a particular area in recent days before. to decide to go there.

“Wisconsin looks really good here,†she said, noting that the state is seeing less than 10 cases per day per 100,000 people.

“And it’s generally stable over the last 14 days; they don’t have a big increase, wouldn’t have a major problem,†she said. “If, though, you were like, ‘Should I go to a funeral, you know, in Springfield, Missouri, here? “I would have some concerns because Missouri and Arkansas, parts of western Colorado, Nevada, are having issues.”

Arwady said the state of Arkansas has up to 17 cases per 100,000 people per day. That figure is above the threshold of 15 cases and would equate to Chicago seeing more than 400 or 450 cases per day, Arwady said, calling it “back in … a worrying range.” Cases in Arkansas also increased by 121% and hospitalizations by 42%, she added.

“I would have worries, like if I was going to travel to Arkansas, I would put on a mask, wouldn’t I, like I think, especially if there was someone that worried me particularly”, a- she said, adding that Arkansas and Missouri are two of the county’s “least vaccinated” states and among the states with the highest increases in cases.

“Florida and Nevada are having a bit of a hard time too, up 63% in Florida. But then, you know, most of the country continues to do pretty well here, we’re seeing big increases: Nebraska is up 137%, South Carolina 145%, â€Arwady said. “But the numbers are still pretty low and the low numbers mean, you know, the chance of being exposed to someone is always low.”

Arwady said Illinois “is doing very well,” with an average of two cases per 100,000 people.

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