CHICAGO – Illinois public health officials launched a COVID-19 hotspot map for travelers to check before leaving the state Monday.
The online map of the United States shows states that have an average daily case rate of at least 15 cases per 100,000 people, considered higher risk areas. The Illinois Department of Public Health said the idea is to help people assess their risk before they travel outside the state.
“While staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, we know that it may not be possible to avoid all travel,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said at Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s briefing. “We encourage people who are traveling, whether for work or otherwise, to check out the map before making plans.”
Health officials announced 1,773 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths statewide Monday.