IDPH Launches Map to Provide Illinoisans With Guidance on Travel Risk

IDPH Launches Map to Provide Illinoisans With Guidance on Travel Risk

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday launched its new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel map to help inform residents of potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic.  The map indicates countries and U.S. states with increased risk of COVID-19 based on case rates.

“Travel may increase the chance of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “To help inform residents where they might be at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19 when they travel, IDPH has launched a map that clearly shows states and other countries where case rates are elevated.

“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. We encourage people who are traveling, whether for work or otherwise, to check out the map before making plans.”

Locations that have an average daily case rate of 15 cases per 100,000 or greater are designated as “higher risk” on the map, which can be found here: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/travel.

Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. The more people you come into contact with, for longer periods of time, the greater your risk of infection if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Do not travel when you are sick or with someone who is sick. When traveling, it is especially important to wear your mask, to keep 6 feet of distance between you and others you are not traveling with, and wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

When considering travel, think about the destination.  It is also important to think about needed precautions for moving through bus, train, or airport terminals, check-in and security lines, as well as the actual bus, train, or plane ride.

Remember to take precautions when stopping for gas, food, and bathroom breaks when traveling by car or RV and as you interact with others and frequently touched surfaces.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

State  Cases 7-Day Rolling Avg.   Population Est.   Case Rate Per 100k  
Georgia 2919.14 10,617,423 27
Florida 5801.43 21,477,737 27
California 9628.86 39,512,223 24
Texas 7031.43 28,995,881 24
Idaho 426 1,787,065 23
Mississippi 709 2,976,149 23
Nevada 725 3,080,156 23
Missouri 1442.29 6,137,428 23
Tennessee 1570.86 6,829,174 23
Alabama 1014.14 4,903,185 20
Louisiana 931.29 4,648,794 20
North Dakota 141.57 762,062 18
Puerto Rico 555 3,193,694 17
Oklahoma 682.29 3,956,971 17
South Carolina 866 5,148,714 16
Iowa 519.86 3,155,070 16
Kansas 463.86 2,913,314 15
Arkansas 468.86 3,017,804 15
Hawaii 211.29 1,415,872 14
Nebraska 285.14 1,934,408 14
Illinois 1779.29 12,671,821 14
Kentucky 619 4,467,673 13
Wisconsin 773 5,822,434 13
Arizona 944.86 7,278,717 12
Indiana 869.57 6,732,219 12
Delaware 125.14 973,764 12
North Carolina 1247.71 10,488,084 11
Alaska 83.86 731,545 11
Utah 360.71 3,205,958 11
Maryland 672.71 6,045,680 11
Virginia 943 8,535,519 11
South Dakota 95.57 884,659 10
Minnesota 607.71 5,639,632 10
Montana 114 1,068,778 10
District of Columbia 66.71 705,749 9
Ohio 1062.71 11,689,100 9
Washington 623.14 7,614,893 8
New Mexico 169.57 2,096,829 8
Michigan 790.43 9,986,857 7
West Virginia 124.29 1,792,147 6
Oregon 284.29 4,217,737 6
Pennsylvania 801.14 12,801,989 6
Colorado 359.14 5,758,736 6
Wyoming 33.71 578,759 5
Rhode Island 57.29 1,059,361 5
Massachusetts 308.57 6,892,503 4
New Jersey 383.14 8,882,190 4
New York 664 19,453,561 3
Connecticut 82.43 3,565,287 2
New Hampshire 22.43 1,359,711 1
Maine 18 1,344,212 1
Vermont 8 623,989 1