Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — May 21, 2021

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COVID-19 Update

Vaccination School Spirit Day

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Calling all youth ages 12 and up! Come on out and get vaccinated at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 23, from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. There will be giveaways, raffles, music from Lake County’s 102.3 XLC, and free Kona Ice for anyone receiving their vaccine during the day! Show your school spirit at your vaccination appointment by wearing your school colors, athletic uniform or even prom attire for extra chances at raffle prizes!

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Pfizer vaccine will be given to ages 12-17 and other household members, and Moderna vaccine will be given to those ages 18 and older. Visit AllVax to schedule an appointment for School Spirit Day or just walk in! Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last.

Read the full press release.  

Updated Mask Guidelines


Last week, the CDC issued new mask guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor settings. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health have aligned with CDC guidance and issued an updated executive order. Vaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks:

  • In healthcare settings.
  • In congregate settings
  • On public transit.  
  • In schools and daycares.

Those that are not fully vaccinated or at a high risk of severe illness should continue to wear a mask and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The CDC will be clarifying this guidance in the near future and we will keep you updated as we receive more information. For more information visit the CDC’s Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

Vaccination Incentives

The biggest incentive to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is to protect yourself and those you love from COVID-19. To get as many people vaccinated as possible, various promotions are being offered by businesses and organizations to those that are fully vaccinated. Some of these incentives include:

The White House COVID-19 Response Team has a Twitter thread featuring businesses offering special promotions for those who are vaccinated. If your business or organization is offering an incentive of some kind to community members who present proof of vaccination, feel free to let the Health Department know by emailing or tagging us on Facebook (@healthdepartment), Instagram, or Twitter (@lakecohealth).   

Seniors Mental Health

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It is never too late to make mental health a priority. Mental health and wellness are just as important later in life as it is at any other age. The COVID-19 pandemic has been very trying on many people's metal health, especially seniors. Many have experienced isolation and loneliness as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

According to a 2008 study, it is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. Help is available and there are ways to cope with mental health challenges at any age.  

Receiving mental health support can help overcome barriers that impact daily life activities such as eating well, maintaining a household, working, or sustaining personal relationships. 

If you or someone you know needs support, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Lake County Crisis Care ProgramAdditional information and resources about mental health can be found in the CDC’s The State of Mental Health and Aging in America as well as on the CDC page Coping with Stress. 

Lake County Returns to ‘Blue’ Stable Level

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Lake County has moved from the orange ‘warning’ level on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) county-level map to blue ‘stable’. This indicates that COVID-19 metrics have reached target levels. However, rates of new cases show that Lake County still has ‘substantial community transmission’ of COVID-19. At 81 per 100,000, Lake County’s New Cases Per 100,000 metric continues to far exceed the state’s target. If one or more other metrics trend in the wrong direction again, Lake County will move back to orange ‘warning’ status. More information about county-specific data can be found on the IDPH’s County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics. 

Lake County COVID-19 Data

  • As of May 21, 2021, over 574,900 vaccine doses have been administered to Lake County residents and 258,663 residents (36.91% of the population) have been fully vaccinated.
  • Over 81.3% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older and 53.5% of those age 16-64 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The county is averaging 5,467 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average.
  • As of May 21, 2021, 61,253 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 992 deaths.

View the Lake County, IL Coronavirus Data Hub 

COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has it, getting tested can help you know what steps to take to keep your loved ones safe. 

Where can I get tested?   

Contact your doctor to ask about testing availability, or check the Lake County Testing Site Locator for options.   

State-run Community-Based Testing Sites located in Waukegan (102 W. Water St.), Arlington Heights (2000 W Euclid Ave.), and Rockford (1601 Parkview Ave.)  are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. These sites have drive-through testing, as well as walk-up testing for those who do not have a vehicle or need to use public transportation. Please note, you are not permitted to exit your car to use the walk-up line once you arrive. 

Know Before You Go 

A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo identification and proof of insurance are helpful, but not required. High demand for testing may result in long wait times. Testing locations may close early due to inclement weather or if daily testing supplies are exhausted. Additional COVID-19 testing locations and information can be found at the IDPH website. 

If you were recently tested at a mobile COVID-19 testing site and you have not been contacted within 7 days, please call 888-297-7208 or visit 

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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

Lake County AllVax Portal Resources

Visit our AllVax Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers and information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Lake County. Encourage members of the community to register in AllVax utilizing resources from the AllVax Portal Toolkit, including social media messages, guides, print materials, and more. 

Community Guidance and Resources

Protect yourself and your community. Our Community Guidance and Resources page has information to help residents stay safe and informed.

Based on the new guidance, we are in the process of updating our materials.

Get Involved

Join the Medical Reserve Corps

The Lake County Health Department is in need of volunteers with a valid medical license to fill roles as vaccinators, vaccine mixers, and wellness check observers at our mass vaccination sites. Visit our Lake County Medical Reserve Corps page to learn more.

Become a Community Health Ambassador

Community Health Ambassadors play a key role in helping our community members get vaccinated by sharing resources, answering FAQs, and encouraging community members to register on AllVax. Visit the Community Health Ambassador page for more information and to register.

Additional Ways to Help

Visit Lake County Health Departments How You Can Help page to find additional opportunities to donate or volunteer.

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