The city of Chicago, Illinois, is now in the second surge of Covid-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said today during a press conference.
"This is the second surge that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Arwady has been warning us about since March," Lightfoot said. "We are now in it."
Contact tracing revealed two out of three Chicagoans who tested positive for Covid-19 contracted the virus from someone they know, according to Dr. Allison Arwady, the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner.
Over the past two weeks, the city is averaging about 500 new cases each day, Lightfoot said, adding that rising numbers is coinciding with "worrying increase of hospitalizations."
Additionally, the positivity rate over the past seven days stands at 5.4%, with at least 88,412 total cases reported in the city since the pandemic began, according the Department of Public Health's dashboard.
The mayor said that if there isn't a "dramatic turnaround," the city will have to revert to phase three restrictions, which allows gatherings of 10 people or fewer and for bars and restaurants to be open only for delivery, pickup and drive through.
Note: These numbers were released by the city’s public health agency and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.