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Chicago COVID 19 Today: Stay Home Notice for Chicago, Cook County takes effect with new restrictions on gatherings

Chicago (WLS) – Stay-at-home guidelines for Chicago and Cook County went into effect Monday morning as cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in Illinois.

Restaurants will still be open for outdoor dining and take-out and delivery.

Local doctors are sounding the alarm as officials urge everyone to follow the new guidelines and do their part.

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“The numbers are much worse. It’s stark,” said Dr. Jay Bhatt of the Home Medical Network.

Recent concerns prompted Mayor Lightfoot to tweet that 1 in 18 Chicagoans had the COVID-19 virus as of November 13.

In Chicago and Cook County, residents are told to stay home as much as possible for the next 30 days, and leave only to go to work or school or to buy basic needs like food or medicine.

“Right now, we need people to multiply things like not working to hide social distancing to stay home when you can,” said Dr. Alison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. By abolishing the traditional Thanksgiving feast. “

People are also asked not to hold gatherings at home with anyone outside of your family, including Thanksgiving, and to avoid all unnecessary trips out of state.

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“Everyone wants to be with their family, friends and loved ones, especially during the holiday season, but this season may come at a great cost,” said Dr. Kiran Joshi of the Cook County Department of Public Health.

In addition to Chicago’s home stay counseling, the city imposes new restrictions on meetings and social events, restricting it to 10 people either indoors or outdoors. This includes weddings, birthdays, and funerals. It does not apply to fitness clubs, retail stores, personal services and movie theaters.

The doctor offers a front-line perspective in the COVID-19 battle

On the first day of the consultation, the foot traffic at Union Station was as light as it has been since many people have worked remotely for months. The CeCe Moore Red Line commuters have no choice.

We have to go to work, ”Moore said. “I have to pay the rent. I have bills. I have a child. You know, we have to be able to survive.”

A grocery shopper said, “I think at the end of the day it makes people think about things that could be outside of their lives, and fortunately their inability to eat in a restaurant is about 50% of me anyway.” John Knott.

Meanwhile, Josh Finney adheres to advice and tries to get his grocery shopping out early before the stores get too crowded.

“I think this is something that needs to be done,” Finney said. “Nobody likes it but it won’t go away on its own so I think something needs to be done.”

Health officials say the way to celebrate safely is to do so physically rather than gathering in person.

“The next few months, winter, flu and fatigue from the emerging coronavirus have the potential to create an avoidable catastrophe here,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Public Health Commissioner. “I am more concerned about COVID now than I have been since March.”

Arwady said the number of daily cases, hospitalizations, and the number of patients in them Intensive care unitDeaths have tripled, and without bending the curve, Chicago is heading toward disaster.

Lightfoot has warned in the next seven weeks that the city may lose at least 1,000 more people. Officials say that number may in fact be closer to 1,800 dead, according to some computer models.

It all comes as the holiday shopping season approaches.

Eric Williams owns The Silver Room in Hyde Park. Although retailers can stay open, it is a concern for shoppers to stay home.

“It’s critical for retailers now this holiday season,” he said. “Many of us make up 30% of our revenue over the next 45 days.”

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Health officials have warned that more restrictions could be on the way, depending on circumstances, for the next several weeks.

“We have started with these procedures. We will see how things will go and if we do not see a change then we are studying other options,” said Dr. Joshi.

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