Guests to Chicago who’ve been totally vaccinated towards COVID-19 do not need to quarantine for 10 days or file a destructive check for COVID-19, the town’s prime physician mentioned Tuesday.
Citing steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Division of Public Well being, mentioned that two weeks after somebody receives the second and remaining dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after the primary dose with none signs they’re thought-about totally vaccinated and never topic to the town’s journey order, which now covers 31 states.
“However that’s not a inexperienced mild to journey,” Arwady mentioned. “We’re seeing main progress right here in Chicago and throughout the nation.”
As well as, guests to Chicago from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, Washington D.C., Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arkansas, Washington, Michigan, Maine, Missouri and Oregon do not need to quarantine or check destructive for COVID-19 inside 72 hours earlier than they arrive, in keeping with the journey order, which was up to date Tuesday and takes impact Friday.
Two weeks in the past, solely guests from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska and North Dakota didn’t must quarantine or check destructive for COVID-19 as a result of that they had fewer than 15 new COVID-19 circumstances per day, per 100,000 inhabitants, officers mentioned.
Everybody should nonetheless put on masks, comply with social distancing guidelines and keep away from giant gatherings, in keeping with the town’s guidelines.
Illinois is averaging lower than 14 new circumstances per day based mostly on a seven-day rolling common, in keeping with metropolis knowledge.
The town’s COVID-19 check positivity fee is three.2%, in keeping with the Chicago Division of Public Well being, the bottom fee because the begin of the pandemic. Seven days in the past, it was three.6%
There’s now a mean of 257 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 per day, based mostly on a seven-day rolling common. That’s down 26% in per week, in keeping with metropolis knowledge.
Six individuals, on common, die day by day in Chicago after being recognized with COVID-19, in keeping with metropolis knowledge.
Throughout a web based question-and-answer session Tuesday morning, Arwady mentioned that progress is due partially to the impression vaccines are having in congregate settings, like long-term care services, the place the virus spreads most quickly.
Arwady traveled Tuesday afternoon to the Pacific Backyard Mission to tout the success the town has had in vaccinating greater than 2,000 Chicagoans who’re experiencing homelessness and those that work at Chicago’s shelters.
Violators of the quarantine order may face fines of $100 to $500 per day for a most tremendous of $7,000, in keeping with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s workplace. Nevertheless, metropolis officers have mentioned they’re counting on an training marketing campaign slightly than an enforcement effort. Nobody has been cited for violating the order, which was first introduced in July.
Journey by important staff and college students commuting to class is exempt from the order, in keeping with the mayor’s workplace, as is journey to acquire medical care or alternate kids topic to a shared custody order.
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