CITY ADDS 3 STATES TO LIST, WARNS IN­DI­ANA MAY BE NEXT

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY SAM CHARLES, STAFF RE­PORTER scharles@suntimes.com | @samjcharle­s

The Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health on Tues­day an­nounced that an­other 1,492 state res­i­dents have tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19, with an­other 39 dy­ing of the virus in the last day.

Mean­while, the Chicago De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health added three more states to its 14-day quar­an­tine list — and hinted Illi­nois’ neigh­bor to the east could soon be added too.

Since the pan­demic first took hold, 8,064 Illi­noisans have died of the virus. The state has seen more than 236,000 pos­i­tive cases.

As of Tues­day, the state’s test pos­i­tiv­ity rate is 4.3%, ac­cord­ing to IDPH. At last count, more than 1,500 peo­ple in Illi­nois are hos­pi­tal­ized for the coro­n­avirus.

Dr. Al­li­son Ar­wady, com­mis­sioner of the city De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, said the three states added to the 14-day travel quar­an­tine list — North Carolina, Hawaii and Ne­braska — bring the to­tal num­ber to 21, in ad­di­tion to Puerto Rico. Changes to the list are an­nounced on Tues­days and take ef­fect the fol­low­ing Fri­day.

Ar­wady also warned In­di­ana could soon be added.

A state makes the list when it sees 15 pos­i­tive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 res­i­dents. And though In­di­ana passed that thresh­old in re­cent days, Ar­wady said the city held off in­sti­tut­ing the quar­an­tine rule — in part, be­cause of changes to In­di­ana’s data re­port­ing.

Mean­while, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s of­fice on Tues­day an­nounced more strin­gent mea­sures would soon be in place in sev­eral down­state coun­ties as the area grap­ples with a sus­tained 9.6% pos­i­tiv­ity rate.

To stem the tide in Re­gion 4, which in­cludes the St. Louis area, bars and restau­rants no longer will be al­lowed to serve cus­tomers in­doors, and es­tab­lish­ments must close by 11 p.m. Casi­nos must also close by 11 p.m., and all so­cial gather­ings must be lim­ited to 25 peo­ple or fewer, or re­main below 25% of a room’s ca­pac­ity. Those new mea­sures go into ef­fect Wed­nes­day.

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