Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issues COVID-19 stay-at-home advisory
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, issued a stay-at-home advisory for Thanksgiving, urging residents to “cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans” because of the surging number of coronavirus infections across the state.
“If we continue on the path we’re on, and you and me and others don’t step up and do more, our estimates are that we could see 1,000 more Chicagoans die from this virus by the end of the year,” Lightfoot said at a news conference.
Restrictions on public and private gatherings are also capped under Chicago’s new advisory. Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, a 10-person limit on gatherings will be in place for 30 days. Those who do travel for Thanksgiving are advised to quarantine for two weeks upon return. Out-of-town guest are advised to quarantine for two weeks prior to arriving.
Chicago is averaging about 2,000 infections per day, up from 500 a month ago. The city’s test-positivity rate is now 14%.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,702 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 43 more deaths. Overall, Illinois has reported 536,542 cases. The death toll is 10,477 since March.