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Every state and territory is now listed on the Chicago COVID-19 Travel Alert

Illinois hospitals are filling fast amid the recent COVID-19 surge

Local hospitals are filling up fast as this recent COVID surge brings more patients to the hospital. The Illinois governor has ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgery until the surge is over.

Chicago health officials on Wednesday added Montana and Guam to the city’s COVID-19 travel warning, meaning every state and US territory are now on the list.

To be removed from the advisory, a state or territory must have a daily COVID case rate of less than 15 per 100,000 population for two weeks.

The country’s average daily case rate per 100,000 population is currently 148.1, up from 62.2 last week.

In Illinois, the current daily case rate has increased from 87.1 last week to 182.1 this week. Chicago’s daily case rate also rose from 140.3 a week ago to 169.7 this week.

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The city’s health officials continue to remind unvaccinated travelers to get tested for COVID-19 before and after traveling from each state on this advisory list and to quarantine themselves in Chicago when they return.

“COVID is very real, it’s merciless, and if you’re not fully vaccinated your defenses against it are pretty low,” said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady in a statement. “You can only fully fight this virus if you are vaccinated. The evidence is overwhelming – if you are fully vaccinated and contracted COVID-19, the chances are very small that you will get so sick that you will need to be hospitalized. It’s not nearly as good if you stay unvaccinated. “

Vaccinated travelers do not need to be tested or quarantined when traveling domestically.

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