Chicago has updated its Executive Travel Order to a new color-coded tiered system, effective from 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
“As of today, Chicago's travel order includes 43 states and Puerto Rico. But we are introducing a new tiered risk level,” Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Arwady said states will be designated red, orange or yellow, signifying the level of concern with travel both to and from those areas.
- Red: Outbreaks worse than Chicago (60 cases per 100,000 people per day).
- Orange: Outbreaks not as bad as Chicago but still more than 15 cases per 100,000 people per day.
- Yellow: The few remaining states with fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 per day.
The advice is to avoid travel to states coded red. Anyone coming in from those states is required to quarantine for 14 days. Orange states are also a significant concern and the advice is to avoid traveling to them, Arwady said. Those traveling from orange states will need to quarantine for 14 days or have a negative test result no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travel from yellow states does not require quarantine but Chicago is “recommending avoiding non-essential travel.”
The goal of this travel order is to protect Chicago," Arwady said on Tuesday.
The average number of new Chicago cases per day is at 1,686 and the positivity rate in the city is 13%. “One month ago, we were adding 426 cases per day,” she said. “One month later we're at more than four times that.”
The list will be updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. Thirteen states are currently red, and 32 states and Puerto Rico are orange.
State view: Meanwhile, Illinois reached a “critical milestone” of more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests taken in 24 hours, Governor JB Pritzker announced at a news conference Tuesday. Pritzker said Illinois was the first state in the Midwest to reach daily testing numbers in the six digits.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state has now performed around 8.5 million tests, with free mobile testing sites set up in numerous towns and cities.