Chicago Order: Sick residents stay home!


While the total cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on the 17th was 160 they are now 422.  The above  Chicago Tribune chart emphasizes some of the rapid surge

UPDATE: Governor Pritzker just announced three more coronavirus deaths in Illinois...more to follow.

All residents in the City of Chicago with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness or who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness are ordered to stay home, according to a Public Health Order signed by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady today. 

Under the Order, any resident of the City of Chicago diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms, with few exceptions, may not leave their place of residence, go to work or any group settings. 

Sick residents will, however, be permitted to seek essential services, including necessary clinical care or evaluation, and life sustaining needs, such as obtaining medicine or food. 

“During this unprecedented crisis, we must move quickly and in the best interest of the public. Restricting the movements of those who have COVID-19 or who are symptomatic is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading further,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “We are implementing today’s order to ensure a precise and data-driven response to the trends of this illness and, following recommendations by our City’s public health experts, believe that these heightened measures are necessary to contain the virus and protect our residents. We must be all in this together, and people who are sick must stay home to protect themselves and the public.” 

The City urges residents who are mandated to stay at home and who do not have access otherwise to contact 311 to be connected with food options. 

Consequences of non-compliance could mean receiving citations issued by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) or CDPH. 

“This move may seem severe to some but in this highly evolving situation it’s absolutely what we need to do at this time as we work to contain this outbreak,” said Dr. Arwady. “We’ve been working daily for well over two months now with our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on tracking this virus and assessing its course, using data to inform our decisions and following the science. This is the right thing to do in this moment.”  

"COVID-19 Illness" means demonstrating symptoms of acute respiratory disease, including, but not limited to, new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs, sore throat, body aches, or unusual fatigue. A person is considered to have COVID-19 illness until such person is free of fever (100.4° F (38.0° C) or greater using an oral thermometer), and any of the other symptoms described herein, for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). 

Additional measures may be needed to be taken by Chicago residents to contain the spread of the virus, they announced today. 

On Mar. 17, the COVID-19 stats looked like this in Illinois.

Chart source: Chicago Tribune dataviz team



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