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Chicago to add Wisconsin to travel order

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Wisconsin is being added to Chicago’s emergency travel order, requiring anyone entering or returning to the city from the state to quarantine for 14 days, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.

“I think Chicago, we are doing well because we were extremely prudent when we started to reopen up,” Lightfoot said. “We didn’t go as large with capacity, for example, as other areas across the country. So what we’re seeing is cities and towns, particularly across the south through the southwest and on to California are really having significant struggles now because many of those communities took a very different approach to the one that Chicago took.

“We’re also seeing an increase in states around us. Wisconsin, for example, is going to go on our quarantine list later this week.”

The city’s travel order is evaluated every Tuesday, with any additions taking effect the following Friday.

Last week, city health officials warned that Wisconsin was one of several in the U.S. sitting near the cutoff of being added to that list, which currently sits at 18 states.

States are added if they have “a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.”

Wisconsin health officials reported 957 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and one new death on Sunday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now reports 48,827 people have tested positive since the pandemic began. The death toll is 892.

Anyone found to violate the order could be fined $100 to $500 a day, up to $7,000 total. However, city officials conceded they won’t be able to keep track of who is and isn’t following the rules.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state likely won’t require residents who travel to and from neighboring states to quarantine for two weeks solely because of that travel.

“We don’t live in a country where you close the borders between states,” Pritzker said during the governor’s coronavirus briefing. “And we’re not going to stop people who live in Illinois and work in Wisconsin from doing so.”

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