Chicago Announcements 03.24.21

  • The Chicago Department of Public Health on Tuesday updated the city’s Emergency Travel Order, moving seven states including Michigan to a tier requiring a 10-day quarantine or a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours before arriving in Chicago. The city also moved six states, including Kentucky, to a less restrictive tier that does not require quarantine or a pre-arrival COVID test. There are currently 23 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in the less restrictive yellow tier and 26 states in the more restrictive orange tier. Chicago Department of Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady said during a news conference on Tuesday the city is "not heading in the right way" as cases in Chicago as of Tuesday were up 30 percent in the past 14 days. "Unfortunately, these sorts of increases are just what we were seeing in October," Arwady said, adding she is "optimistic" the city will avoid "a major surge."
  • Bo Kemp is the new chief executive officer of the Southland Development Authority, a public-private economic development group backed by Cook County. The agency announced Kemp’s position alongside news of a $500,000 grant earmarked for helping small businesses from the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development. Kemp has previously worked as the director of economic development in Gary, IN and as the city business administrator in Newark, NJ.

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