Visitors to Chicago from Arizona and North Carolina will no longer be required to quarantine for two weeks starting Friday, city officials announced Tuesday.
However, city officials plan to add South Dakota to the quarantine order, based on an increased spread of the virus in that state.
Come Friday, the city’s order will include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
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. Kansas could be removed next week if infection rates continue to slow in that state, officials said.
Illinois is now averaging 15.9 new confirmed cases of the virus per 100,000 residents per day, but city officials will not restrict travel to the city from other parts of the state, said Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Chicago is averaging 12.6 new confirmed cases of the virus per 100,000 residents per day, Arwady said.
The spread of the virus remains high among city residents between the ages of 18 and 29 as well as among Latino Chicagoans, Arwady said.
Travelers from states included in the quarantine effort 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.
An average of 341 Chicagoans have been diagnosed each day with the coronavirus during the past week, a 7% increase from the previous week, according to Chicago Department of Public Health data. The city’s average test positivity rate is 5.1%, according to the data.
If Chicago continues to see an increase in the spread of the virus and averages more than 400 cases per day for seven days, city officials are likely to reimpose restrictions, Arwady said.