Chicago travel update: 5 states added; advisory stands at 47 states, 2 territories

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Illinois travel restrictions: Chicago advisory at 42 states and D.C., California, Mississippi added
Chicago's COVID-19 quarantine advisory was updated to include 42 states this week. California, Mississippi were added.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Department of Public Health added five states to its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory Tuesday.

The city's quarantine advisory now includes 47 states and two territories after Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas and Puerto Rico were added to the list.

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As of Tuesday, every state or territory except for Guam, Louisiana, South Carolina, and the Virgin Islands are on the Travel Advisory. Maryland has not reported complete COVID case data to the CDC for at least two weeks and remains on the advisory.

The only state eligible to come off the advisory next week is Montana, which has reported a daily COVID case rate of 14 per 100,000 residents. States are removed from the Travel Advisory when they maintain a daily COVID case rate below 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks.

Officials recommend that unvaccinated travelers should get tested one to three days before leaving on the trip as well as getting tested three to five days after returning. Unvaccinated travelers are asked to self-quarantine for seven days after returning from travel even if they test negative. Those who do not get tested should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel and avoid those at high-risk for COVID for 14 days after travel.

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CDPH reminds unvaccinated travelers that under the Advisory, they should be tested for COVID before and after travel from any state on the advisory list and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago.

For international travel, the CDC now requires that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, get a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States. CDPH guidelines follow CDC requirements for international travel.

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 40, up 4.8 points from last week's rate of 35.2. Illinois' daily case rate currently is 66.9 (56 last week, 39.2 two weeks ago). Chicago's daily case rate is 42.5 (33.8 last week, 23.2 two weeks ago).

"The continuing rise of COVID case rates across the country feels disheartening, but the odds are on your side many times over if you're fully vaccinated - that means getting your booster shot," said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. "If you're traveling over the holidays and you're vaccinated, please get your booster shot as soon as you can. It gives you that extra level of protection that now, unfortunately, is necessary. And if you're not vaccinated, especially now, you really shouldn't be traveling."

CDPH's Travel Advisory guidance is aligned with the CDC's traveler recommendations.

Before travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested 1-3 days prior to departure.
  • While traveling:

  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds as much as you can and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • After travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • -If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • All travelers are advised to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms after travel and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.