Health Department Coronavirus Update 0504

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For Immediate Release
Date: May 4, 2020
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Health Department Coronavirus Update

Lake County, Ill. —The Lake County Health Department is reporting 498 additional cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 18 new deaths in Lake County since Friday. This brings the total number of Lake County COVID-19 cases to 4,292 including 145 deaths (as of May 4, 2020, 1:30 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 614 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths.

A state-operated Community Based Testing Site opened in Waukegan as of Sunday, May 3. The site will be open every day 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.

"In the first two days of operation, nearly 1,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered at the new Waukegan testing facility,” said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. "This is a terrific resource for our residents and the demand is very high, so please expect long wait times. As a reminder, testing continues to be available at many local healthcare facilities, and residents are encouraged to contact their provider to inquire about testing.”

For full details of the Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site, please visit: A Lake County Testing Site Locator is available on the Coronavirus Data Hub,

New Cases
(since last update)

New Deaths
(since last update)

Total Cases Total Deaths
498 18 4,292 145


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

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