Lightfoot Removes Iowa, Kansas and Utah From Quarantine Order

Dubuque, Iowa. (David Mark / Pixabay)Dubuque, Iowa. (David Mark / Pixabay)

Visitors to Chicago from Iowa, Kansas and Utah will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday.

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The three states are the first to be removed from Chicago’s quarantine order, which officials announced July 6.

Utah was on the initial list of 15 states issued by Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Iowa was added to the quarantine order on July 14, with Kansas joining the list on July 21.

Those three states have made progress in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Arwady said last week.

The city’s quarantine order now includes visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Missouri, Nevada, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The states included in Chicago’s quarantine order have an infection rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day. Chicago has an infection rate of approximately 10 new COVID-19 cases per day, per 100,000 residents, according to data from Chicago Department of Public Health.

Most of the new confirmed cases of the coronavirus can be traced not to work-related activities, but to large social gatherings and visits to bars and restaurants, officials said. Young adults ages 18-29 continue to make up the largest age group of Chicagoans diagnosed with confirmed coronavirus cases, according to city data.

Travelers from states included in the quarantine order must stay “at a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling,” according to the mayor’s office.

Violators could face fines of $100-$500 per day for a maximum fine of $7,000, according to the mayor’s office. However, city officials have said they are relying on an education campaign, rather than an enforcement effort. No one has been cited for violating the order as of Tuesday, but warning letters have been sent those suspected of violating the order.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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