Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls on city to stay at home, cancel Thanksgiving plans amid COVID spike

Tim Balk, New York Daily News
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a stay-at-home advisory, urging citizens to scrap their Thanksgiving traditions as the city grapples with a harrowing second coronavirus wave.

Over the past week, Chicago has logged nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, and the city’s test positivity rate has spiked to its highest level since May, according to city data.

“We are sounding the alarm that we are at this inflection point,” Lightfoot said in a news conference on Thursday. “Now more than ever we need to step up.”

Lightfoot said the advisory will enter force on Monday morning and that it calls for Chicagoans to spurn non-essential travel, to cease allowing guests in their homes and to limit their trips into public as much as possible.

Weddings and birthday parties of more than 10 people will be banned.

Lightfoot said coronavirus is on track to kill an additional 1,000 people in Chicago by the end of the year unless America’s third-largest city steps up its defenses. The city’s official COVID-19 death toll stood at 3,152 on Thursday.

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