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Travel Guidance

14-day quarantine recommended for persons entering suburban Cook County, Illinois, from states with high incidence of COVID-19 infections

While Cook County, including Chicago and suburbs, and Illinois have seen steep declines in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, other parts of the country are seeing a surge in new cases, and the country overall, is setting new highs for daily COVID-19 cases.

To limit potential spread of COVID-19, Cook County Department of Public Health is recommending quarantine measures for persons entering the region from states around the county where the incidence of COVID-19 infection is high.

Any person entering suburban Cook County living in a high-incidence state, or who visited the high-incidence state for more than 24 hours is recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, or for the duration of their stay in suburban Cook County, whichever is shorter.

High-incidence states are those that have new case rate equal to or greater than 15 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population per day, over a 7-day rolling average. The list of states meeting this definition will be updated every Tuesday.  The list will be posted to the websites of the local health departments issuing this guidance.

Essential workers with verification from their employer, and those traveling for medical care or parental custody are exempt from these recommendations. Essential workers are defined as any person who works in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Essential workers include any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their official capacities on government business, including military service.

For more information, download answers to frequently asked questions and press release issued July 17, 2020.

Suburban Cook County* Travel Quarantine List

The list will be updated every Tuesday, and go into effect that Friday.

Updated: 8/11/20

StateDaily Infections Per 100k* Effective Date
Louisiana30-40July 6
Georgia30-40July 6
Florida30-40July 6
Mississippi20-30July 6
Alabama20-30July 6
Nevada20-30July 6
Texas20-30July 6
Tennessee20-30July 6
Idaho20-30July 6
Arkansas20-30July 6
South Carolina20-30July 6
Oklahoma20-30July 17
Puerto Rico15-20August 4
North Dakota15-20July 31
Arizona15-20July 6
Missouri15-20July 31
California15-20July 6
North Carolina15-20July 6
Wisconsin10-15July 31**
Nebraska10-15July 31**

*The guidance applies to suburban Cook County, excluding the City of Evanston and the Village of Skokie.

**This state was on the designated list and is now under 15 daily cases per 100k residents. If they stay below for another week, it will be taken off the list.