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03 juill. 2020 | 15h44 UTC

US: Chicago authorities issue quarantine order for travelers from 15 states from July 6 /update 66

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

Chicago authorities issue 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from 15 states from July 6; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/7/2020, 12h00 until 3/8/2020, 11h59 (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States, Chicago

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Event

Chicago (Illinois) authorities announced on Friday, July 3, that quarantine orders will be implemented from Monday, July 6, for travelers from 15 states that have a high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. A 14-day quarantine period will be required for travelers arriving in Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The Chicago Department of Public Health stated that the above-mentioned states have a significant number of community COVID-19 clusters. Additional states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over a seven day period will also be included in the ban.

As of Friday, July 3, health authorities have confirmed 144,013 COVID-19 cases in Illinois. In the US there are 2,740,353 COVID-19 cases with 128,741 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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