Traffic alert levels are expected to remain in place in Chicago during the flu pandemic, the mayor said Friday.
However, traffic control officers in the city are going to be reassigned to other duties to ensure people can get to work safely, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
The mayor said the city will continue to work closely with state and local health authorities to monitor and manage the pandemic.
“We’re going to keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds and be very vigilant as we move forward,” he said.
“But right now, we’ve got a lot of things that we need to do.”
The flu is spreading fast in the US, with more than 1.5 million cases recorded so far in the United States.
In the US state of California, there have been more than 5,300 deaths.
Officials have declared a state of emergency for the state, which includes most of the major cities.
Since the pandemics began in the early 2000s, the US has seen the worst flu outbreak in recorded history.
There have been 5.2 million confirmed cases and more than 8.7 million deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.