Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was ranked among the busiest travel hubs for the Thanksgiving vacation, according to a recently released report.
The Hopper travel app ranked O’Hare No.6 in a list of the nation’s 10 busiest airports and is expected to be the most crowded on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Here’s where the other airports are listed:
- Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
- Dallas, Texas (DFW)
- Los Angeles (LAS)
- Denver, Colorado (DEN)
- Miami, Florida (MIA)
- Chicago (ORD)
- Orlando, Florida (MCO)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
- New York (JFK)
- Phoenix (PHX)
Chicago was also named the most booked domestic travel destination for Thanksgiving, according to Hopper, up 20% from 2020 and 5% from 2019. Atlanta and Los Angeles were ranked just below Chicago.
According to Hopper’s data, the best deals for domestic travel from Chicago are travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Knoxville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In terms of international travel, the best deals were from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Lima, Peru; Frankfurt, Germany; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
With more Chicagoans planning to travel outside of Illinois for the Thanksgiving vacation this week, how can you research coronavirus measurements for other states in the United States?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a way to easily track the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations, vaccinations, and level of transmission, among other measures, nationwide.
To find the latest COVID-related information from the CDC, click here and select a state. There is also an option to search the state by county or by metropolitan area.
Just two days before Thanksgiving, Chicago added two states to the city’s travel advisory, bringing the number of states on the warning list to 40 states and one territory.
Connecticut and Maryland have both reverted to the ‘amber box’ under the travel advisory, meaning unvaccinated travelers traveling to or returning from those states will need to be tested and quarantined upon arrival. in the city.
California, Guam and North Carolina could be removed from the list next week, the city said.
As of Tuesday, all states or territories in the United States except Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Carolina South, Tennessee, Texas and the Virgin Islands are subject to the notice.
Chicago should be one of the worst corridors for Thanksgiving Road Travel
States are added to the notice’s “amber list” when COVID measures exceed the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Anyone below that mark is on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.
âRight now, for unvaccinated people, traveling during Thanksgiving is a risky decision, especially if you plan to visit other states in the Midwest or Upper Midwest, where daily case rates have not declined. “said Dr. Allison, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Arwady said in a statement last week. âFully vaccinated people are at much lower risk of serious health problems from COVID, but we all need to be careful over the next few weeks – especially if you plan to ‘be among the crowd or at large family gatherings.
The city has updated its guidelines on what unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from these places should do, adding new recommendations for testing and quarantining before and after travel.
The city has advised all travelers to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and to self-isolate and get tested if they develop any after travel.
âWe have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,â said Arwady. âIf you decide not to get tested, the recommendation is actually to stay home and quarantine yourself for 10 days after travel, and you should avoid being with anyone who is at increased risk of serious COVID consequences for 14 days after travel whether or not you are. get tested or not. Obviously, we want anyone traveling to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID and get tested if you do develop symptoms. “
This week’s travel advisory update comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago rose to 567 per day, a 15% increase from the 494 seen the week before.
That figure is much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June, but still lower than the more than 700 cases per day the city saw in the most recent increase earlier this year.
Hospitalizations in Chicago are down 13% from the previous week, but deaths are up 24% since last week, according to city data. The test positivity rate rose to 3% this week, down from 2.5% the week before.