Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — July 24, 2020

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Lake County Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter

July 24, 2020

COVID-19 Nationwide Survey

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Household Pulse Survey Results

The effects of COVID-19 go beyond the numbers of cases and deaths. With access to the CDC's resources and five other large federal agencies, the Household Pulse Survey aims to find what people are facing during the pandemic. The data shows employment status, spending patterns, physical and mental health, access to health care, food security, housing, and educational disruption. Data from the Household Pulse Survey includes: 

  •  40% of individuals have delayed medical care because of COVID-19 sometime in the last 4 weeks.  
  • 26.5% of individuals have faced housing insecurity. This includes missing last months rent or mortgage payment or have slight or no confidence that their household can pay their next rent or mortgage payment on time. 
  • 50.1% of adults are in households where someone had a loss in employment income since March 13, 2020. 

We know many Lake County residents are facing hard times right now. Help is available! Visit our How to Get Help page for local resources. If you need help 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. Visit for more information.
Visit the CDC’s webpage to learn more about the Pulse Survey or view the interactive Household Pulse Survey Tool 

COVID-19 Stigma and Shaming


During the COVID-19 pandemic, people who have recovered from the virus face stigma as others fear they are still contagious. Stigma can make newly infected people more likely to hide symptoms. Stigma makes it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak

In Los Angeles County, of 57,000 people who tested positive, only 57% provided information on their close contacts and employers with contact tracers during their phone interview. Many said fear that sharing such information could affect their housing, job status, or relationships

As we face this pandemic, remember that people who become infected need support, not shame. Keep in mind that recovered patients are not contagious. No single group of people is more contagious than another.

We all are at risk from this virus. We all have a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reducing stigma.

Mindful Minute: Positive Coping and Connection Using Nature

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Join McKenzie, a therapist from our Child & Adolescent Behavioral Services (CABS) program, as she leads us in an outdoor-themed Mindful Minute. Perfect for parents and children, all you need to do is head outside and press play!

How long do I need to stay in quarantine or isolation?


Quarantine and isolation help prevent the spread of COVID-19. What is the difference between the two, and how long should quarantine or isolation last? This guidance has recently been updated by the CDC.

  • Quarantine for 14 days if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, even if you test negative during the 14 days. Testing negative doesn't shorten your quarantine.Watch for symptoms and seek medical care if you are feeling ill.
  • Isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you test positive for COVID-19. Before ending isolation, you need to be fever-free and feeling better for at least 24 hours and be feeling better.

Health Department Spotlight: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services


During the COVID-19 pandemic, health departments all across the United States have been putting out creative messages encouraging people to take precautions to stay safe. Every week, we will highlight a different health department whose message inspires us.

This week we are highlighting the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.  They have used messaging that ties in the culture and natural setting of their state in a creative way. With messaging like "Catch Salmon not COVID-19" and animal themed posters, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reminds residents how to stay safe in a light-hearted way.

Lake County Update


Mobile Testing

In response to a recent COVID-19 outbreak, a mobile testing site has been stationed in Lake County this past week to provide free Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) tests to the community. The final two days of the mobile testing site are this weekend at Round Lake High School.

Saturday, 7/25, and Sunday, 7/26  9 a.m.-5 p.m., while supplies last
Round Lake High School parking lot  
800 High School Drive, Round Lake  
Please enter through the Student Parking Lot off Idlewild Dr.

Please expect long wait times. Additional community-based testing sites are located in Waukegan and Rolling Meadows. Details such as hours of operation and locations can be found at the IDPH testing webpage.


Lake County COVID-19 Cases

As of July 24, 2020, 11,257 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 426 deaths.

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 

UPDATE: Lake Zurich COVID-19 Outbreak

We have been working with Lake Zurich High School Administration following a recent local outbreak in Lake Zurich and nearby communities. 71 cases have been identified including student athletes and other community members. Many of these individuals attended social gatherings at the beginning of July. Some of the individuals tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms.

The virus is still with us and spreads easily. We need to work together and follow the 3 Ws: Wash Your Hands, Wear a Mask, and Watch Your Distance.

Recommendations for Travel

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The pandemic is not over, and we all need to find ways to lower our risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Avoiding non-essential travel is one way to reduce your risk.

If you are returning from an area with surging community spread of COVID-19, we recommend you self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor your symptoms daily.

This includes travel to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. This list will be updated every Tuesday on our website. This quarantine period will help reduce the risks of spreading the virus if you are infected and don't know it yet. 

Please note, this is only a recommendation. There is not a mandatory quarantine for travelers to Lake County.

To learn more about travel recommendations visit the CDC page on safe travel.

Volunteer Opportunity!

The African American Community Partnership Group (AACPG) and the Latino Community Association (ACL) are working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are in need of volunteers this weekend to help assemble Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits that will be distributed throughout the community.

Volunteers will meet at the Puerto Rican Society located at 150 S Sheridan Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085 on Saturday, July 25 from 10 am - 3 p.m.

If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form with your availability.  These groups will be assembling kits through July 31, 2020. Volunteers must be ages 16 and up. Please bring a mask to wear while volunteering.

Learn more about the AACPG and ACL

Masks Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in a Missouri Hair Salon


Cloth face coverings are an effective way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. This was recently shown at a salon in Springfield, Missouri. Two hair stylists who did not realize they had COVID-19 spent time with 139 clients. Everyone wore face coverings and no clients are known to be infected.

By wearing a face covering, you are protecting others. You may have the virus and not even know it. Wear your face covering consistently and correctly.

Read the full CDC report,  "Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy".

Follow the 3 Ws

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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! Resources from the CDC and APHA

Visit the What's New page from the CDC to see some new resources like Data on COVID-19 During Pregnancy and School Decision Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians. Also new this week is the from the American Public Health Association. This new resource organizes translated COVID-19 guidance in one place making it easy to access. 


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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