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Gov. J.B. Pritkzer announces the closure of all Illinois schools during an update on the coronavirus on Friday, March 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

The drastic measure comes as officials announced the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has risen to 93. Restaurants can still serve food via delivery, or curbside pick-up. “This is another hard step to take,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement.

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New York University student Hector Medrano, of Los Angeles, checks in for his flight using a touchscreen Saturday, March 14, 2020, at jetBlue's terminal in John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Weary travelers returning to the U.S. amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions are being greeted by long lines and hourslong waits for required medical screenings at airports.

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The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is being felt by industries and businesses in Chicago and across Illinois, from large hotel chains and restaurants to independent movie theaters and music venues. 

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President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. (Doug Mills / The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Taking drastic action Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he is cutting off travel from Europe to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of Americans.

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Arjumand Khan (WTTW News)

Concerns about the coronavirus have caused many people to change their plans – even to cancel vacations. This includes some local Muslims, who were supposed to go to Saudi Arabia over spring break.

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A pedestrian wears a protective mask in Alhambra, Calif., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes)

Under the new rules, U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be re-routed to designated airports, where they will undergo enhanced health screening procedures, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Evacuees from Wuhan, China, will spend two weeks at a military base in Riverside, California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk to the American public remains low, officials said Friday.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The announcement from local health officials came just hours before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government’s response to a virus outbreak originating in China, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

U.S. health officials are expanding their checks of international travelers for signs of a worrisome new virus from China, even as they say the risk to Americans so far is very low.

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Among the dozens of American patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus, five have tested positive for the illness while 32 others have tested negative, according to health officials.

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In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The Trump administration is imposing new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a press conference Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (WTTW News)

A new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China has been confirmed in Chicago, according to health officials. “This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

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In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin, File)

The days of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles and birds on planes as emotional-support animals could be ending.

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People wear face masks as they ride an escalator at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan)

Late last week, U.S. health officials began screening passengers from Wuhan in central China, where the outbreak began, at three U.S. airports. On Tuesday, the CDC announced it will add Chicago’s O’Hare airport and Atlanta’s airport to the mix later this week.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan (Daniel Peckham / Flickr)

From the Amazon to Jiuzhaigou Valley, the world’s forests are racking up hashtags. But there’s no need to travel out of Cook County in search of photogenic flora.

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Peak fall foliage is expected during the last week of October at the Garden of the Gods, located in the Shawnee National Forest in Herod, Illinois. (Courtesy of the Illinois Office of Tourism)

Autumn is upon us, and soon Illinois will be awash in fall foliage. Here’s your guide to when – and where – you can spot those red, orange, yellow and purple leaves during their peak throughout the Land of Lincoln.

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