CHICAGO — Chicago officials cautioned city residents Tuesday about travel to Wisconsin, citing a recent COVID-19 spike in Illinois' neighbor to the north.
The Chicago Department of Public Health stopped short of adding Wisconsin to its travel advisory list. There are 16 states on the list, including Utah, which was announced Tuesday. City officials said Chicago residents who travel to the states must quarantine for two weeks upon return to Chicago. Visitors from those states must do the same.
Wisconsin was previously on Chicago's list in late July and then removed the following month when cases dropped. Wisconsin state health officials reported 1,348 new confirmed cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in Wisconsin since the pandemic began to 91,304. Ten more people died, bringing the death toll to 1,220.
Meanwhile, Illinois reported 1,466 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 20 additional deaths. The state's seven-day average of positive cases is 3.6%.
Overall, Illinois has reported 264,210 cases and 8,332 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the state's Department of Public Health.
Also Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced $220 million in grants for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Another $25 million will be available for businesses damaged during recent civil unrest. Applications will be available later this week.