Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told CNBC on Friday that she understands people are getting tired Coronavirus Restrictions, but she urged city residents to stick to her recommendation at home to prevent further deaths from Covid-19.
The day before, Lightfoot gave one 30-day consultation for the third largest city in the country, where residents are asked to leave their homes only for work, school and important trips, such as to seek medical care and grocery shopping. It also urged people not to have guests in their homes and not to travel, especially for Thanksgiving. The city also imposed restrictions to limit gatherings to 10 people. Both announcements go into effect on Monday.
“The most amazing piece of information that motivated us to release this report and the other components is that if we do nothing by the end of the year, we will likely lose 1,000 Chicagoans to the death,” said Lightfoot on Friday “Close the bell.” “That is not acceptable.”
Lightfoot’s advice comes as state and local officials in the United States Take steps to increase public health restrictions in response to the country’s worsening Covid-19 outbreak. Public health experts have warned that the epidemic will only get worse if steps are not taken to slow transmission.
“We say to people, ‘Look, we know you have Covid fatigue. We know you are sick of the various restrictions, but we have to do this for you, for your family, for your loved ones and for the whole city Chicago, “said Lightfoot.
Illinois set a record for average daily cases of 11,829 on Thursday, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins University data. That is around 55% more than a week ago. Illinois is one of 30 states that currently has a record average of daily cases.
In Chicago, the rolling case average is just over 2,000 per day, a 40% increase over the previous week. according to the city’s website. The 7-day average of positive tests – a key indicator of whether a local outbreak is intensifying – is now 14.5%. A week earlier it was 11.1%.
According to CNBC’s analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project carried out by journalists in the Atlantic, the 7-day average of Covid-19 hospital stays in Illinois is 4,585. While this is not an all-time high, hospital stays are up 32% from a week earlier.
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has been “okay” with managing hospital capacity during the current boom and can accommodate more Covid-19 patients, its CEO, Dr. Omar LateefCNBC said earlier on Friday. However, Lateef warned that health systems could be overwhelmed “so quickly and so dramatically”, a problem can be experienced in some parts the United States like Utah.
“We feel good for today. We have the capacity. We have the ability to fluctuate,” said Lateef “Squawk on the street.” “We have the ability to enlarge beds as our community dictates, and we have the experience of the past to make sure we are ready.”
Unless coronavirus transmission in Chicago is slowed, additional measures may need to be taken, according to Lightfoot. “We may need to get to a point where we stay at home as opposed to a counseling session,” she said. “But psychologically … this is a big step for people. They are tired. They are angry. They are frustrated so we hope we can educate them to be compliant.”
She stressed the importance of avoiding indoor gatherings where the virus could be more easily transmitted.
“We see a lot of our case growth in these private settings. People abandon their guards at home. They go to weddings and funerals and they still have parties,” said Lightfoot. “Now don’t get me wrong, we’re seeing it all across the board, but these private settings are really the most difficult to regulate.”
– – CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.