Health Department Coronavirus Update 0408

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For Immediate Release
Date: April 8, 2020
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Media Phone: 847-377-2001
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Health Department Coronavirus Update

Lake County, Ill. — The Lake County Health Department is reporting 119 additional cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lake County and one new death, a woman in her 80s who had underlying health conditions. This brings the total number of Lake County COVID-19 cases to 1,044, including 23 deaths (as of April 8, 2020, 1:15 p.m.).

The Health Department is investigating 20 long-term care facilities in the county that have two or more positive cases. These 20 facilities have a combined total of 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

"Our total of confirmed cases in the county exceeded 1,000 today, and we believe that many more residents are infected with COVID-19 who can spread this virus even if they do not have symptoms," said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. "As the weather warms up, I encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and exercise for both your physical and mental health. However, we must continue to follow social distancing guidelines. We are fortunate that our Lake County Forest Preserve trails remain open at this time—let’s all do our part to keep them open.”

New Cases
(since last update)

New Deaths
(since last update)

Total Cases Total Deaths
119 1 1,044 23


Please visit Lake County's Coronavirus Page for more information, including:

  • How to protect yourself
  • What to do if you are sick   
  • Testing availability
  • Interactive map of cases by municipality
  • Sign up for the Health Department’s COVID-19 newsletter
  • How to get help
  • How to help others    

Please visit Lake County Health Department Modification Page for information on Health Department Service Modifications.

For a list of government closures, visit Lake County's Closure Page.

If you have general questions, please email Public health officials will answer the top questions weekly. Please note, the Health Department will not provide personal medical advice through this email address.

Additional resources   

On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes through April 30, 2020, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  For more information, please visit

Anyone needing assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, CALL 211 or TEXT your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7. To receive general COVID-19 information via text message, text “COVID19” to 211211. For more information, visit

For general state and national information, please call the Illinois State Hotline at 1-800-899-3931, or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at

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Lake County Health Department
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Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-8000