Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — June 19, 2020

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Lake County Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter

 June 19, 2020


Lake County is in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Many businesses have reopened, but COVID-19 is still with us. While we move through the phases, we want to remind you to keep doing what you can to protect yourself and others from the virusWash your hands often, wear a mask in public, social distance, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. We’re still in this together! 

Public health is everyone’s responsibilityYou can get and spread COVID-19 without knowing it (see our video on asymptomatic spread)Your cloth face covering protects more than just you. When you wear a mask in public, you lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to those around you. We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Juneteenth: Racism is a Public Health Issue


Today, on Juneteenth, IDPH Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike reminds us of two public health issues that have disproportionately affected the African American community—COVID-19 and racism. View her special Juneteenth video here. Check out these resources recommended by members of the Lake County Health Department's Inclusion and Diversity Council. If you are celebrating Juneteenth, please keep in mind COVID-19 guidelines and stay safe.

Mindful Minute: Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)


This is a stressful time for people of all ages. To help you relax, follow along with this kid-friendly Mindful Minute! Our Child & Adolescent Behavioral Services staff walks through fun ways to calm the body and mind. 

What to Do After a COVID-19 Test


Community-based testing sites are now open to all people with our without symptoms. No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state-run drive-thru sites. Testing is free. It is important to take certain steps after getting tested for COVID-19. 

  • While you wait for your results, self-isolate at home. Inform your work supervisor you have been tested for COVID-19 and the date of testing. If you are ill, stay in touch with your doctor.  
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, know what steps to take If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone. 
  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected when your sample was takenThat does not mean you will not get sick. You may have been very early in your infection when tested. You could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then get sick. In other words, a negative test result does not mean you will not get sick later. This means you could still spread the virus. 

The COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Waukegan is now located at 102 W. Water Street. The site is open 7 days a week from  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on testing, please visit our COVID-19 testing page.

Watch Out for Contact Tracing Scams


Lake County officials are warning residents of contact tracing scams where criminals pretend to be contact tracers to steal vital information like social security numbers and banking information over the phone, via email, and text message. At least one Lake County resident has claimed to have given vital information such as their Social Security number during what they thought was a contact tracing call.

Our contact tracers interview people who test positive for COVID-19 over the phone, help them recall where they have been and who they have seen while infectious, and give guidance and support so you can take steps to protect others. 

Contact tracers never :

  • Ask for your Social Security number;
  • Ask for money, bank account or credit card numbers, or any other form of payment;
  • Ask for your immigration status; or
  • Threaten consequences of not participating or answering questions.  

If you receive a suspicious call, text message, or email about contact tracing or exposure to COVID-19, you may call the Health Department’s Communicable Disease program at (847) 377-8130. Staff can help verify if you have been contacted by the Health Department.

If you believe you have been a victim of a contact tracing scam, please call the Lake County State's Attorney's Office at (847) 377-3000, or your local police department.

Read the full Press Release on Lake County contact tracing scams here. For more information about contact tracing, please visit the Health Department's Contact Tracing webpage. For additional information about COVID-19 scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

National Safety Month: Building Safety Culture


For many, the workplace looks different as a result of COVID-19. One thing that remains important is having a culture of safety at workThis is a good time to look at policies and procedures to improve safety across the board. Check out this article on ways to bring safety practices into a small business setting. These tips can help you prepare for crisis situations that may arise down the road. 
View the entire National Safety Month Toolkit

Lake County Update


Virtual Town Hall

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Lake County is holding its second live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, we will discuss the current COVID-19 situation.  

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 

Time:  7 p.m.  

Chair Hart and the following panelists will provide updates and answer questions from the community.  

  • Paul Frank, Chair, Lake County Financial and Administrative Special Committee on COVID-19 Recovery 
  • Mark Pfister, Executive Director, Lake County Health Department 
  • Donny Schmit, President, Lake County Municipal League 
  • Dr. Scott Warren, Superintendent, Lincolnshire–Prairie View School District 103  
  • Demetrius Willis, Co-Chair, African American Community Partnership Group, Lake County Health Department 
  • Other Lake County staff and partners  

This meeting will be hosted through Zoom. Attendees can attend the meeting on their computer, tablet, or phone. Info on how to access the meeting is sent to the email address provided upon registration.  

If you would like to take part in this event, pleaseregister. Lake County will publish a recording of the town hall for those who are unable to attend.  

Nearly 27% of COVID-19 cases in Lake County are in those under 30 years old.  


Updated June 19, 2020

People of any age can get and spread COVID-19Of all Lake County COVID-19 cases, 9.4% have occurred in individuals under 20 years old and 17.4% have occurred in individuals 20-29 years old. Even young people need to take steps to protect themselves. 

Our Coronavirus Data Hub provides data and resources for our county, including cases and deaths, tests performed, demographic data, and an interactive map and charts. 

Renewal Applications for Senior Freeze, Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemptions Will Not Be Required This Year  

Lake County residents who applied for and received the Senior Citizen Freeze Homestead Exemption, the Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities, and the Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities will not be required to re-apply for those exemptions in 2020.

Normally, residents need to reapply annually.  On June 5, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation that grants counties the option to approve renewals without application for the 2020 tax year. Read more

Improved Food Pantry Map

If you or someone you know is in need of food resources, please visit the Lake County Food Pantry Locator at or download a printable list in English or Spanish.


Venturing Out? Be Prepared and Stay Safe

Staying home remains the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you do go out in public, take precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Wear a face covering, bring hand sanitizer with you, and keep a distance of 6 feet from others. Visit the CDC’s page on staying safe when going out. It has guidance on running errandsvisiting parksgoing to the doctor, and more! 

Help Illinois Families

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Governor J.B Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) have launched a new program to provide home energy aid and other services during COVID-19. People who are eligible may receive assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household needs. To submit a pre-application, visit the Help Illinois Families website.

Show Your Pride from a Distance


June is Pride Month. While you celebrate pride, please continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines. There are many ways to celebrate pride from a distance all across the country and several right here in Lake County. One example is the 2020 Pride Drive in Waukegan. This event will take place entirely in cars and follow social distancing guidelines.  

Who to Contact if You Have Questions


Do you have questions? The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:

For additional information from the IDPH, visit:

COVID-19 Resources


Community Guidance and Resources

Protect yourself and your community. Our Information for Specific Groups page is now Community Guidance and Resources. This page is more user-friendly and has information to help residents stay safe and informed. 

COVID-19 Conference Calls

We continue to provide COVID-19 updates to our community through conference calls, now held every other Thursday for the following groups:

  • Businesses and Employers (11 a.m.)
  • Faith-based Organizations (12 p.m.)
  • Municipal Leaders (2 p.m.)

The next call is scheduled for July 2, 2020. Stay up to date and listen to the conference calls.

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