Chicago's mayor is the latest of several state leaders to criticize the federal government’s new travel and quarantine rules as opaque and confusing.
“I have been communicating to seek clarity on the new federal guidance that was announced on Friday and we will continue pressing the federal government from the White House to the CDC for clear operational guidance and financial commitments,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday.
She also questioned guidelines about quarantine procedures -- for instance, what does self-quarantining mean? How often should self-quarantined people check in with public health officials? These are questions the federal government need to answer clearly and specifically, she said.
"Despite this lack of clarity from federal leadership, Chicago remains prepared to implement the latest guidelines to protect our residents from coronavirus," she said.
New measures in Chicago: Local authorities have added additional screenings at Chicago's O’Hare Airport, are partnering with airlines and the CDC, and mobilizing first responders, among other new measures to respond to the outbreak, Lightfoot said.
Total cases nationwide: As of February 3, the US had confirmed 11 cases of the coronavirus.