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The Mayor of Chicago is asking residents to cancel Thanksgiving plans and keep indoors if Covid instances crop up

In this photo taken on March 24, 2019, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot attends a candidate forum. Lightfoot won a runoff election on April 2, 2019 and became the city's first black woman mayor.

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Chicago Mayoress Lori Lightfoot on Thursday asked all residents to cancel Thanksgiving plans and stay home unless they have to go to work, school, or attend to essential needs like the doctor's office or grocery store.

Chicago announced that it was issuing the 30-day stay at home recommendation, urging people not to travel, have guests in their home, or go for non-essential business "in response to the rapid rise in COVID- 19 cases and hospital stays in the city. "

"This is a serious life and death," Lightfoot said during a press conference on the State-at-Home Advisory, adding that the city is "doing what is necessary" to slow the spread of the virus. "We are sounding the alarm that we are at this tipping point where we need to do more than we have already done."

The announcement comes as the virus continues to spread rapidly across the state. According to CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Illinois hit a record high in average daily news cases on Wednesday. Cases increased more than 60% compared to a week ago.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state reported more than 12,700 new cases Thursday. An average of 1,900 new cases are reported each day in Chicago, according to Lightfoot.

In a tweet, Lightfoot said if the city continues on its way, officials estimate it will "lose 1,000 more Chicagoers to this virus" by the end of the year.

"This is not the flu or the common cold," Lightfoot said at the conference. She added that the city has seen an increase in the number of people who go to work despite feeling sick.

"We're far from where we need to be. We need to re-commit to the basics that got us past the first climb," she said, adding that people are wearing masks, washing their hands and keeping their distance need others.

Last month, Illinois governor Jay Pritzker announced that Chicago bars and restaurants would no longer be allowed to serve customers indoors in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus in the area. The meetings would also be limited to 25 people or 25% of the total room capacity.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Chicago has issued a home stay recommendation.

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