State Launches COVID-19 Travel Map

Aug. 17, 2020

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today launched a 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 “higher risk” of COVID-19 based on average daily case rates of 15 or more per 100,000.

“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.”

Among nearby states designated as higher risk on the IDPH map are Iowa and Missouri, and countries designated as higher risk are the U.S. and nearly every country in South America.