Chicago Dept. Public Health Issues Travel Order in Surge of COVID-19 Cases

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Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average. This measure is a response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states and builds on ongoing enforcement measures by the City to slow the transmission of COVID-19, representing a cautious, incremental and evidence-based approach to reopening the city. The order, already in effect, will have travelers from the following states, including Chicago residents returning from these states, quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

· Alabama
· Arkansas
· Arizona
· California
· Florida
· Georgia
· Idaho
· Louisiana
· Mississippi
· North Carolina
· Nevada
· South Carolina
· Tennessee
· Texas
· Utah

Violators are subject to fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000. Exceptions to the order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and parental shared custody, and for business travel to Chicago for essential workers.

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