Cook County Issues Travel Guidelines from COVID-19 Hotspots

Cook County Issues Travel Guidelines from COVID-19 Hotspots

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) now recommends a 14-day quarantine period for individuals coming into Cook County suburbs who have spent 24 hours or more in a state with surging COVID-19 infections.  Although the County does not have an enforcement mechanism for its guidelines, the new policy reflects rising concerns about possible impacts on Illinois infection rates.

Each Tuesday, CCDPH will publish an updated list of states that have greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day, over a 7-day rolling average.  As of July 21, the list included 18 states: Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Nevada, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Idaho, California, Arkansas, Utah, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Kansas.

The County’s recommendations do not apply to essential workers traveling for work purposes, people who stayed for less than 24 hours in listed states, or those who traveled for medical care or parental shared custody reasons.

In a press release announcing the guidelines, CCDPH Co-Lead and Senior Medical Officer Dr. Rachel Rubin said, “We have come a long way in Cook County and Illinois and we want to keep it that way…. We have to remain vigilant to keep our gains and avoid having to close places we’ve only just reopened.”