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Chicago Officials Will Use Social Media To See If Visitors Are Breaking Quarantine
Chicago health officials will begin using social media to monitor visitors to help enforce the city’s travel restrictions.
“One of the easiest ways to sort of get enough proof that there was the potential of a violated quarantine order without me having to send out an inspector or do any sort of more aggressive follow up to collect that is to look at social media,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady told NBC Chicago.
Back in July, Chicago officials implemented a travel restriction on visitors from certain states that mandates a 14-day quarantine on arrival. The states that qualify for the restriction have an infection rate higher than 15 per every 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average.
The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Puerto Rico.
The mandate also includes Chicago residents returning home from a visit to states on the list. Anyone in violation could face fines from $100 to $500 per day, up to a total of $7,000.
Chicago has more than 64,350 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 2,800 deaths, according to city-data.
Chicago joins other cities and states that are mandating quarantine, including New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.