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2 states, 1 territory removed from Chicago Travel Advisor after Thanksgiving Holiday – NBC Chicago

Two states and one territory were removed from Chicago’s travel advisories on Tuesday, bringing the number of states on the city’s warning list to 38 states after the Thanksgiving holiday.

California, Guam and North Carolina have all been removed from the advisory this week, the city health department said, but no new states have been added back.

As of Tuesday, any state or territory except Alabama, California, DC, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the Virgin Islands is under deliberation.

Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington could all be removed from the travel warning next week if their COVID rates stay below the city’s threshold.

States will be added to the “orange list” of the advisory if the COVID metrics exceed the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Anyone below that mark is on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

“The best protection you can have against COVID, no matter where you travel or what new variants emerge, is full vaccination and booster vaccination for those who are fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Chicago Department of Health commissioner Allison Arwady in a statement. “The Midwest is the current COVID hotspot as temperatures drop and people spend more time inside. Please protect yourself and get vaccinated. ”

Just before Labor Day, the city updated its guidelines for unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from such places, adding new recommendations for testing and quarantine before and after the trip.

According to the city, unvaccinated people should:

  • Let yourself be tested 3-5 days before departure.

To travel:

  • ALL persons, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask on airplanes, buses, trains, and other public transportation to, from, or within the United States, as well as indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds, keep at least 2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) away from people who will not be traveling with you, and wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol).

Unvaccinated persons should after the trip:

  • Get a virus test 3-5 days after the trip AND Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days.
  • Even if your test is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from infection.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after your trip.
  • Avoid being with people who are at increased risk of serious illness for 14 days, whether or not you get tested.

The city advised all travelers to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and to isolate and get tested if they develop any symptoms after the trip.

“We have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,” said Arwady. “If you decide not to get tested, it is recommended that you stay home for 10 days after your trip and quarantine yourself or not. Of course, we want everyone who travels to monitor themselves for COVID symptoms and get tested if they develop symptoms. “

This week’s travel advice update comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago has dropped to 493 per day – an 18% decrease from the 599 the previous week.

That number is much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June, but remains lower than the more than 700 cases per day the city saw during the recent surge earlier this year.

Chicago hospital admissions are down 37% from the previous week and deaths are down 84% since last week, according to the city’s data. The rate of positivity on tests rose to 3.5% this week, up from 3% the week before.

The travel advice is updated every Tuesday, any changes will take effect on the following Friday.

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