Ahead of a three-day holiday weekend, Chicago and Pennsylvania announced new quarantine measures for arrivals from coronavirus hotspot states.
the Chicago Department of Public Health announcement that travelers from 15 states and Chicagoans who have traveled to those states will need to be quarantined for 14 days. Those found in violation of the order could be fined up to $ 500 per day to a maximum of $ 7,000.
The quarantine order goes into effect on July 6.
The states included in the order are seeing a recent spike in the spread of the virus, measured by the number of new cases per day, per 100,000 population: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
New infections in Illinois were down since late May, but the state recently reported a slight increase in cases and hospitalizations. Illinois reported 869 new cases Thursday, including 470 in Cook County, where Chicago is located. At its peak, Illinois reported 4,014 new cases on May 12.
“This emergency order will not only help contain the local spread of COVID-19 and preserve the positive progress we have made,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (R) said in a statement, “it will serve also to prevent further spread nationwide and support the efforts of officials in other cities and states. “
Pennsylvania recommends its residents are quarantined in their homes for 14 days upon their return from the same 15 states. The state health department does not require a quarantine for non-Pennsylvanian travelers from those states, as other states and cities have.
“We recommend that if someone is from one of the states listed and has stayed in areas with a high prevalence of covid-19, they consider postponing their trip,” said Nate Wardle, spokesperson for the Department of Health. Pennsylvania Health. .
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) also signed an order on Wednesday requiring the wearing of masks when residents leave their homes.