Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — July 3, 2020

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Lake County Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter

July 3, 2020

Take Precautions Over Fourth of July Weekend 

This Saturday is Independence Day. As you consider how you will celebrate, make sure COVID-19 is part of the equation. Take these easy steps to celebrate safely: 

  • Social distance during gatherings. 
  • Hold any gatherings outside. 
  • If you are hosting, clearly tell your guests from the very beginning that social distancing and mask wearing is expected. 
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering (even if others don’t).  
  • Avoid buffet-style or self-serve food stations. 
  • Let high-risk family and friends join virtually. 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas frequently. 

In observance of Independence Day, all Health Department facilities are closed on Friday, July 3. The Coronavirus Data Hub will not be updated Friday and will resume being updated on Monday, July 6.

Our Community Health Centers will be adding new extended hours including evenings and select Saturdays starting Monday, July 6. Visit our website for updates to our hours and services.

The Crisis Care Program will remain open to provide 24/7 phone support for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Call us to speak to a counselor at (847) 377-8088.

July 4 Testing Sites Closed

Older Adults: Risk for Severe Illness Increases with Age


As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those age 85 or older. Remember, anyone can get and spread COVID-19 to others.  Taking precautions in your daily life is important, especially for those at increased risk. To read more about the risks for older adults visit the CDC’s page here. Read about others at increased risk for severe illness here. 

older adults

Swimming Guidelines


If you are looking to beat the heat at a pool or beach this summer, make sure to check out the Illinois Department of Public Health's Swimming Facility Guidelines before you head out. Remember: all people should wear masks when they are not swimming and wash their hands often. It is still important to social distance at all timesIf you are feeling sick, stay home.  

Restaurants, Bars, and the Risks of COVID-19


As we move into Phase 4, many restaurants and bars now offer on-site dining. If you go out to eat, please keep COVID-19 safety in mind! Dining indoors will involve more risk than delivery or outdoor dining. If you choose to dine in, remember to wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer. Only take your mask off when it’s time to eat. Learn more about considerations for restaurants and bars here.  


Lake County Update


Lake County COVID-19 Cases

As of July 3, 2020, 9,812 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 400 deaths.

People of any age can get and spread COVID-19Of all Lake County COVID-19 cases, 27% have occurred in individuals 30 years of age and younger. 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. 

View the Lake County, IL Coronavirus Data Hub 



Follow the Lake County Health Department on Instagram! 

The Lake County Health Department is now on Instagram! Please follow us @lakecohealth and share our page with your friends, family, and followers.

Get Counted, Lake County!

The 2020 Census is happening now and the deadline for self-response has been extended from July 31 to October 31

Count on Me Lake County 2020 Census

By responding to the census, you help make sure Lake County gets adequate funding to support critical services like healthcare, education, roads, and more. It’s easy to respond online or by phone, and your answers are safe and confidential. Citizenship information is not collected. Visit or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

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


NEW! Guidelines for Places of Worship

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released new and updated guidelines for places of worship. You can read the updated guidelines here.

New! 'Open Does Not Mean Over' Toolkit

As we move through the phases of the Restore Illinois plan, we have made great progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Let’s continue taking steps to keep ourselves and others safe. Share this message with your community using the toolkit.

Open Not Over

Communication Resources

We need your help to keep our communities healthy and safe. The Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer free resources including fact sheets, flyers, posters, and videos.

View communication resources

Useful Links


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