All U.S. states and territories on warning list for second week in a row – NBC Chicago
For the second week in a row, every U.S. state and territory is on Chicago’s travel advisory, the city said Tuesday.
Last week marked the first week that every location was on the city’s warning list, but with no state or territory meeting the threshold to be removed, the warning remained unchanged in its weekly update.
According to the city’s health department, it has been almost a year since the last time each state and territory was put on the travel advisory.
States are added to the notice’s “amber list” when COVID measures 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.
“If you are not vaccinated and you are traveling, you are taking a huge risk to your health,” Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a statement. “The most important thing you can do right now – whether you are planning to travel or not – is get your full immunization and get a booster shot when you are eligible. People find themselves in hospitals every day when they never thought they would ever be there – and nearly all of them are not vaccinated. People are dying every day – and the vast majority are not vaccinated. ”
Just before the Labor Day holiday last year, the city updated its guidelines on what unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from places on the notice should do, adding new recommendations for testing and quarantine before and after travel.
Depending on the city, before traveling, unvaccinated people should:
- Get tested 3 to 5 days before departure.
- ALL individuals, regardless of immunization status, should wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation to, within or outside the United States and within the United States. American transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
- In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public places, regardless of immunization status.
- Avoid crowds, try to stay at least 6 feet / 2 meters (about 2 arm’s lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60 % alcohol).
After travel, unvaccinated people should:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and quarantine yourself for a full 7 days.
- Even if your test is negative, stay home and quarantine yourself for a full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, self-isolate to protect others from infection.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and quarantine yourself for 10 days after travel.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk of serious illness for 14 days, whether or not you are tested.
The city has advised all travelers to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and to self-isolate and get tested if they develop any after travel.
“We have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,” said Arwady. “If you decide not to get tested, the recommendation is actually to stay home and quarantine yourself for 10 days after travel, and you should avoid being with anyone who is at increased risk of serious COVID consequences for 14 days after travel whether or not you are. get tested or not. Obviously, we want anyone who travels to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID and get tested if you do develop symptoms. “
This week’s travel advisory update comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago stood at 4,793 per day, down from 5,189 last week.
That figure is much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June and now surpasses the more than 700 cases per day the city saw in the most recent increase earlier this year.
Hospitalizations, however, are on average 187 per day, an increase of 37% from last week. The deaths also report a 25% increase over the past week.
The test positivity rate fell to 18.9% this week, from 21% the week before.
The Travel Advisory is updated every Tuesday, with any changes taking effect the following Friday.