UPDATE: Wisconsin has been added to Chicago quarantine list

Wisconsin travelers to the Windy City will have to self-quarantine for two weeks
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 3:18 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - People wanting to take a trip to Chicago will have to add a couple extra weeks to their plans.

On Tuesday morning, the Windy City added Wisconsin and three other states to its list of states covered by its emergency travel order. According to the city’s order, “Effective Friday, July 31, travelers from Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and North Dakota will also be directed to quarantine.”

Under the order, travelers coming from states with high rates of COVID-19 transmission or residents returning from those states must self-quarantine for two weeks - or their entire stay in the city, whichever is less. There are some exceptions, for example, for people who are heading to O’Hare or Midway airports. Click here for the full Emergency Travel Order, including exceptions.

According to the city website, officials assess the case rate for all states on Tuesdays and make their determination of which states will be covered by the order. That list then goes into effect that Friday.

The order establishes a cut off of 15 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, based on a seven day rolling average, a number Wisconsin was flirting about the time Chicago health officials were meeting and has since crossed.

The latest Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services show the state’s seven-day rolling average, while having dropped Monday, still sits at 914. Assuming Wisconsin has 5.822 million people, the state is confirming 15.7 cases per day per 100,000 residents.

Currently, these state are covered under the order: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and North Dakota were added on Tuesday, and the quarantine will take effect on those states on Friday.

The latest data from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard shows it has recorded 58,454 cases since the outbreak began.

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