Health Department Coronavirus Update 0501

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For Immediate Release
Date: May 1, 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 173 additional cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and no new deaths in Lake County since yesterday. This brings the total number of Lake County COVID-19 cases to 3,794 including 127 deaths (as of May 1, 2020, 1:45 p.m.).

The Health Department is investigating 33 long-term care facilities in the county that have two or more positive cases. These 33 facilities have a combined total of 599 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 83 deaths.

A state-operated Community Based Testing Site will open in Waukegan Sunday, May 3. The site will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., or until 500 tests are completed each day. The testing site is located at 2161 Northwestern Avenue. Testing is free.

Who can be tested:

  • All individuals with symptoms 
  • People in the following groups with or without symptoms:
    • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases
    • Individuals with compromised immune systems and/or chronic medical conditions
    • Healthcare workers
    • First responders
    • Employees of correctional facilities
    • Employees who support Critical Infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
    • Individuals slated to receive elective surgery within 72 hours

Definition of Symptoms

  • Fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell

"We thank the State of Illinois for expanding testing in Lake County and particularly in Waukegan, an area that is particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. "Greater access to testing will provide a more complete picture of the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. The Health Department’s dedicated Communicable Disease team is ready to complement the increase in tests with thorough contact tracing to identify and prevent additional cases in Lake County. "

For full details of the Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site, please visit

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-32 effective Friday, May 1 through May 29, 2020. This new order allows Illinoisans to leave their home for essential activities but otherwise requires them to stay at home or their place of residence to prevent spread of COVID-19. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in public places when they are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance, such as in stores. For more information, please visit

News releases will not be issued over the weekend. Data will continue to be updated daily on the Coronavirus Data Hub at

New Cases
(since last update)

New Deaths
(since last update)

Total Cases Total Deaths
173 0 3,794 127


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 data hub
  • 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   

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

Illinois has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. To speak with a mental health professional, text “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish) to 552020.

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
3010 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-8000