This Major City Just Issued a Stay-at-Home Advisory
After a day in which 144,000 cases were reported nationally, city and state governments are taking measures to control the spread. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot just issued a stay-at-home advisory for her city. "The tougher new guidelines came on a day that Illinois once again broke a record for the number of daily COVID-19 cases," reports WBEZ. "On Thursday, the state Department of Public Health reported 12,702 new confirmed and probable cases. In the seven days leading up to Wednesday, Illinois led the nation in the number of new cases reported, with nearly 75,000, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention."
In Chicago alone, the positivity rate of 14.1% is up from 10.9% a week ago, with 1,920 cases a day. Read on to hear how to stay safe during the pandemic, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Mayor Says: Cancel Your Big Thanksgiving Plans
Lightfoot begged constituents to brush off "COVID fatigue" and take the virus more seriously than ever. "While this is tough—this whole year has been tough—you must cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans," Lightfoot said Thursday. "If we continue on the path we're on and you, me and others don't step up and do more … we could see at least a thousand more Chicagoans die," adding: "We are a long way from where we need to be." Here is Chicago's stay-at-home advisory in full:
"Beginning on Monday, November 16, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Chicago, Lori E. Lightfoot, as well as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Chicago, Dr. Allison Arwady, advise all residents of Chicago to stay at home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.
Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:
- Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (e.g., home healthcare providers or childcare workers)
- Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations
- Avoid travel
This advisory shall remain in place for 30 days or until such time as the Commissioner of Health determines a change to the guidance is appropriate."
The city goes on to offer advice about how to stay safe:
"Take Everyday Preventative Actions
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put 6ft of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household
- Wear a face covering when in public and around others
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, light switches, phones, and faucets
- Monitor your health dailyand watch for symptoms of COVID-19
- Avoid large gatherings and crowded spaces
- If you're sick, stay home except to get medical care.
Protect Children and Vulnerable Members
- Choose one or two family members who are not at a higher risk to run the essential errands.
- Teach children the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. Children and other people can spread the virus even if they don't show symptoms.
- Vulnerable members should avoid caring for children and people who are sick. If they must care for the children in their household, the children in their care should not have contact with individuals outside the household.
Separate a Household Member Who Is Sick
- Keep people at higher risk separated from anyone who is sick.
- Have only one person in the household take care of the person who is sick.
- Provide a separate bedroom and bathroom for the person who is sick, if possible.
- If you need to share a bedroom, separate the ill person's bed.
- If you need to share a bathroom, clean and disinfect the frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom after each use.
- Maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other family or household members.
- If you are sick, do not help prepare food. Also, eat separately from the family."