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WATCH | Dr Allison Arwady updates Chicago Travel Advisory
The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 population is 39, down from 37.5 a week ago. For parents with Labor Day weekend travel plans, it might be time to rethink them, said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
“I wouldn’t recommend traveling at this time if you have unvaccinated children,” Arwady said. “Particularly if you have younger children. The whole country is doing very badly from a COVID standpoint right now.”
The advisory comes as the entire country, with the exception of Vermont, is now subject to a travel advisory. It also comes as the CDC released new guidelines, recommending unvaccinated travelers test 1-3 days before travel, retest 3-5 days after travel, and then quarantine for 7 days, quarantine for 7 days. ‘they are negative or not.
The last tip has implications for children who are back in school.
“I know it’s hard for people, but we’re just trying to avoid infection, especially when we’re back in school,” Arwady said. “The bar is a little higher to try to limit that risk as much as possible, but it will be up to schools and school systems to decide how to use these new directions.”
Chicago remains, for now, in better shape than much of the county, as the number of cases from last week to this week flattens out, likely due to the recently re-imposed indoor mask mandate. There are, however, concerns of a peak as fall approaches and people are starting to spend more time indoors again.
“The main thing is to get vaccinated, especially an older person, because it can get a lot worse like we’ve seen in much of the country,” Arwady said.
Chicago Public Schools issued travel guidelines earlier in the year that largely reflect the Chicago Department of Public Health. CPS officials have stressed that unvaccinated students quarantined following travel are not eligible for distance learning.
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