CHICAGO (CBS) – South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands are withdrawing from the Chicago travel notice this week, while California and Mississippi were added back to the list.
There are now 41 states and one territory on the list.
The city’s COVID-19 travel ad list includes all U.S. states and territories except: Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the Virgin Islands.
Mississippi was removed from the list last week, only to be re-added this week.
“The movement of some states in and out of our COVID Travel Notice over the past two weeks, and the highs and lows of daily COVID case rates show that it is not time for complacency,” the Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “Travelers, in particular, need to be aware of this and continue to take precautions against COVID, that is, getting vaccinated and keeping masks on when you are around other people.”
South Carolina, Texas and the Virgin Islands were removed from the warning, while California and Mississippi return.
UNVAX’D TRIPS must be tested for COVID before and after the trip and must be quarantined when they arrive in Chicago when traveling from an orange state. pic.twitter.com/NNzr0I5Ucz
– Chicago Department of Public Health – CDPH (@ChiPublicHealth) November 2, 2021
States are removed from the city travel notice when they get their daily rate of COVID cases below 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks.
Arkansas could be removed from the list next week.
City officials recommend that people who are not vaccinated be tested for COVID one to three days before going to a state or territory on the travel notice list, and again three to three. five days before returning to Chicago.
Public health officials also recommend unvaccinated people visiting a state or territory on the quarantined travel warning list for at least seven days after arriving in Chicago, even if they give negative feedback. Unvaccinated people who do not get a COVID test should be quarantined for at least 10 days.
Anyone traveling must wear a mask on public transportation, including airplanes, trains, and buses, regardless of their vaccination status. An interior mask warrant is also in place for public places throughout Illinois.