What to Know
- The order currently includes 18 total states
- The order comes as states across the U.S. see surges of coronavirus cases
- The quarantine period is 14 days, health officials said
Chicago's travel order has been updated once again, with Kansas added to the list of states the city now requires a quarantine from.
The addition to the city's travel order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, according to city officials.
Adding Kansas to the list now brings the total number of states the city requires a quarantine from to 18.
Last week, two states were added to the order, which requires travelers visiting or returning to the city from certain states to quarantine for 14 days. That brought the total number of states on the quarantine list to 17.
The order is assessed on a weekly basis to determine if states should be added or removed from the list of locations travelers must quarantine from.
Chicago first issued the emergency travel order for 15 states just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The order took effect on July 6.
States included at that time were: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
As of Friday, the order was updated to add Iowa and Oklahoma, according to the city's website.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said travelers entering or returning to Chicago from "states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases" will need to quarantine "for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state."
The order is set to remain in effect until further notice and the list of states is slated to be evaluated every Tuesday.
The move comes as states across the U.S. see surges of coronavirus cases, many shutting down bars and restaurants in an effort to quell or prevent a spike.
New cases have surged in several states across the nation, setting new records almost daily, driven mostly by expanding outbreaks in the American South and West.
New York and New Jersey are also asking visitors from several states from the Carolinas to California to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
It remains unclear if the rest of Illinois will follow suit.
"Our two major international airports are in the city of Chicago," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday. "We don't have a lot of international travel in the other parts of the state."
Pritzker previously said guidance from health officials and scientists has not yet indicated such a move is required.
"That's not something that we are looking at implementing right now," he said last month. "Going forward, if we got the advice to do it we might."