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For Immediate Release
Date: May 13, 2020
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Health Department Coronavirus Update

Lake County, Ill. — The Lake County Health Department is reporting 99 additional cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and four new deaths in Lake County since yesterday. This brings the total number of Lake County COVID-19 cases to 5,799 including 189 deaths (as of May 13, 2020, 1:15 p.m.).

The four new deaths are all among residents with underlying health conditions, a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19, and include:

  • One man in his 70s
  • Two women and one man in their 90s

The Health Department is investigating 41 long-term care facilities in the county that have two or more positive cases. These 41 facilities have a combined total of 920 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths.

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The State’s drive-thru Community-Based Testing Site in Waukegan at 2161 Northwestern Avenue has completed 4,624 COVID-19 tests as of close of business on May 11, 2020. The testing site can now accommodate 750 tests daily, and has been averaging 550 tests per day.

"There are plenty of available tests at the Waukegan site, and we encourage anyone who needs a test to take advantage of this free resource. This includes people with symptoms, essential workers, and those in vulnerable groups," said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. "Identifying those who are infected helps our contact tracing efforts to help prevent further spread of this disease. The afternoons are a great time to get tested without long wait times, and we encourage our local employers to be flexible and allow their workers to get tested if needed."

The Waukegan testing site opened on May 3, 2020. It is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until 750 test kits are completed for the day. The Illinois National Guard administers the tests, and results are provided by phone in 4-7 days. Testing at the location is free and available to anyone regardless of immigration status. A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo IDs are useful in ensuring a smooth process, but are not required. No one will be turned away.

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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