State unveils travel map to help travelers avoid coronavirus hotspots

Higher risk areas are colored purple, lower risk in blue.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker Monday announced the unveiling of a new travel map that shows places where there’s an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Monday announced the unveiling of a new travel map that shows places where there’s an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health Monday unveiled a new travel map that identifies states and countries with an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.

“It’s meant to serve as a resource for individuals to make the best decisions for themselves, for their loved ones or their community, when planning travel — whether work-related or for leisure,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

Places with an average daily case rate of 15 cases per 100,000 people or greater are designated as “higher risk” on the state’s map and shaded purple. Those with a lower risk, including Illinois, are colored blue.

Health officials urge people to avoid travel when sick and to follow the basic guidelines to lessen the possibility of contracting the virus, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and practicing social distancing.

To view the map, go to: www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/travel

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