Chicago residents urged not to travel to Indiana amid surge in coronavirus cases

CHICAGO — Indiana hasn’t made Chicago’s quarantine list yet, but officials from the Windy City are urging residents not to travel to the Hoosier State, citing rising COVID-19 numbers.

The city updated its emergency travel order last week. Indiana was added to the warning category:

Indiana is seeing a daily case average of over 15 cases/100k/day. To allow residents enough time to plan travel to this border state, it has been added to a warning list. If Indiana is unable to bring down the daily case average in the next week, they will be added to the quarantine list. Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to Indiana.

The city said Indiana would be added to the quarantine list if cases continue to rise. As noted, Chicago residents are “strongly advised” not to travel to Indiana.

The full quarantine list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota,

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Santee Cooper crews travel from S.C. to Louisiana to help restore power to residents

While people in the Gulf Coast are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together, some people from South Carolina are stepping in to help.

Several crews of Santee Cooper linemen are in Lafayette, La. working to get residents’ power back on after Hurricane Delta swept Friday

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They are braving storm damage and other damage the hurricane left behind.

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“They still have about 17,000 customers out [of power] and as long as they need us, we’ll be here,” said Drew Jordan.

These Santee Cooper crews are working 16-hour days.

“I would hope that somebody would help us out if things got bad for us,” Jamie Cook added.

It’s been a rare hurricane season for the people of Louisiana.

RELATED: Delta inflicts new damage on storm-battered Louisiana

“There are several years when

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COVID hotels for Bay Area homeless residents set to close

The Bay Area is winding down the grand experiment that sheltered thousands of its homeless residents in safe environments during the pandemic, raising fresh concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as officials scramble to find alternative housing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey in April, a first-of-its-kind program that moved unhoused residents into hotels to protect them from the virus. Six months later, with federal funding sources poised to expire, Bay Area counties are moving to close those hotels — some in the next few months.

The program likely will be remembered as a mixed success. It didn’t come close to reaching everyone who needed help, but Project Roomkey proved that — given the funding and motivation — the Bay Area is capable of quickly mobilizing a vast amount of resources and personnel to attack the homelessness crisis.

The effort also allowed counties to reduce the number of people in

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Singapore allows ‘cruises to nowhere’ for residents on Royal Caribbean, Genting

Travel-starved residents of Singapore will finally be able to set sail in November, even if their trip is only in one big circle.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced Thursday that two cruise lines will be allowed to offer Singapore residents “cruises to nowhere” under a pilot program with enhanced safety protocols and mandatory coronavirus testing for passengers and crew.

“This cruise pilot is a valuable opportunity for cruise operators to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to regain the confidence of passengers,” Singapore Tourism Board Chief Executive Keith Tan said in a statement. “As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region.”


As part of the pilot

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New JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 for foreign residents offers unlimited three-day travel

Domestic travel deals have never been this good. What with the Go To Travel campaign, half-price shinkansen tickets and discounted hotel prices, the hardest part in planning your trip is securing your rooms and tickets before availability runs out.

In case you needed another excuse for a weekend getaway, JR East has released yet another special discount pass and it’s probably their best deal yet. The only catch is that you must be a foreign passport holder to purchase the new JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020. And yes, foreign residents are eligible.

From October 16 to February 26 2021, the railway group will be selling this pass, which is good for three consecutive days of unlimited travel on any JR East-operated trains running through Tokyo, Tohoku, Niigata and Nagano. Yes, even these shinkansen: Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Hokuriku.

The JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 costs ¥12,000

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Singapore to resume cruises to nowhere for residents from November

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Two cruise lines have been given the green light to offer “cruises to nowhere” from Singapore starting in November, following the development of a set of safety guidelines to prevent the on-board spread of the coronavirus.

These will be round trip cruises with no ports of call.

Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream will begin sailing on Nov 6, while Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas ship will begin sailing in December.

All passengers will have to be tested for Covid-19 prior to boarding as part of the STB’s CruiseSafe programme, jointly developed by global classification body DNV GL.

They will also have to comply with safe management measures, such as mask-wearing and safe distancing of 1m between groups of passengers.

The Straits Times reported last Wednesday (Sept 30) that the STB had appointed DNV GL to create a certification programme for cruise lines that are keen

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Chicago residents ‘strongly advised’ to avoid Indiana, which may make next week’s quarantine travel list

Indiana is again in danger of being added to Chicago’s quarantine travel order next week, officials announced Tuesday.

a person talking on a cell phone: In this file photo, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) approaches the podium during a news conference held at City Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

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In this file photo, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) approaches the podium during a news conference held at City Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

While the neighboring state is still just at a warning level, Chicago residents are “strongly advised” to avoid traveling there, according to a city news release.


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Chicago adds a state to its quarantine list if it averages more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. People who have spent more than 24 hours in the high-risk states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering Chicago.

Indiana already has passed that threshold, but to allow Chicagoans enough time to rearrange their

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Pilot car added to Highway 22E to help returning Santiam Canyon residents


Footage provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation shows wildfire damage across the Detroit area.

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A new pilot car will be added Thursday on Highway 22E to help safely guide Santiam Canyon residents back home, according to officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The new pilot car will run at 6 p.m. from Gates to Detroit/Idanha. 

ODOT officials continue to use pilot cars in the Santiam Canyon to move drivers through numerous work zones where hazard trees are being removed. 

The updated pilot car schedule is:  

  • 7:30 a.m. Detroit to Gates
  • 9 a.m. Gates to Detroit
  • 11 a.m.  Detroit to Gates
  • 1 p.m. Gates to Detroit
  • 5 p.m. Detroit to Gates
  • 6 p.m. Gates to Detroit

Transportation officials are also moving one of the roadblocks from milepost 50.5 to around 46.7 to allow for access into Mongold State Park for bathroom and other facilities starting

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Charleston residents to CDC: More cruise ship health measures are necessary | Business

A small sampling of Charleston residents has let the Centers for Disease Control know they want cruise ships to take much stronger measures to keep passengers coronavirus-free or the vessels should not be allowed to sail again.

Twenty-nine messages contained the key word “Charleston” in the CDC’s database of public comments on proposed health-related regulations for cruise ships, including the Carnival Corp.-owned Sunshine that usually sails year-round from Union Pier.

The tiny and unscientific slice of Holy City opinions and responses were among nearly 10,000 from around the country that the CDC has published on in response to a call for public comments. The deadline for those comments ended last Monday.

The CDC’s no-sail order for all U.S. cruise ships ends this Wednesday, and the federal health agency is using the public input to help gauge whether that order should be extended.

Carnival is betting it won’t. It’s accepting

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