Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — June 4, 2021

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COVID-19 Update

Six Flags Tickets

six flags ride

Do you love roller-coasters and also want to end the COVID-19 pandemic? We have great news for you! When you get vaccinated at a participating location you will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Great America. Tickets will be offered to anyone getting a COVID-19 vaccination, as long as you have not received one for a previous dose. Six Flags tickets will be given for either first or second doses. Tickets are limited to one per person. All household members getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating location will receive a ticket. Tickets will be available while supplies last. 

Tickets are available at:

Regional Vaccination Site
102 W. Water Street, Waukegan
Walk-ins and appointments available
Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Grand Avenue Health Center
3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan
Walk-ins and appointments available
Monday through Friday
8:45 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Belvidere Medical Building
2400 Belvidere Road, Waukegan
Walk-ins and appointments available
Monday through Friday
8:45 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Midlakes Health Center
224 W. Clarendon Drive, Round Lake Beach
By appointment only
Monday through Friday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

North Shore Health Center
1840 Green Bay Road, Highland Park
By appointment only Monday and Friday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Zion Health Center
1911 27th Street, Zion
Walk-ins and appointments available
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Text Notifications In Your Area


Over the coming weeks, the Lake County Health Department will be sending out text messages to various areas around Lake County about vaccine availability. These messages will help our community find locations where they can get a COVID-19 vaccine.  If you suspect you have received a text message that is not from the Lake County Health Department but they are claiming to be, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission. The Health Department is not able to verify if you have been scammed. The Lake County Health Department and legitimate vaccine providers will NEVER:

  • Ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number.
  • Ask you to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • Ask you to pay to put your name on a waiting list or to get early access.
  • Offer to sell or ship doses of vaccines for payment.

Spending Time Outdoors


As the amount of time people spend outdoors increases it is important to take necessary precautions. COVID-19 is still present. It is important to remember to take precautions when in group settings, especially to protect those that are unable to get vaccinated at his time. Please visit the CDC’s page about guidance for gatherings for more information. Additional guidance for fully vaccinated individuals can be found on the CDC’s page Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

In addition to protecting against COVID-19, as weather gets warmer take precautions to protect from seasonal concerns like ticks and mosquitoes. The best ways to defend against ticks include:

  • Wearing long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.
  • Use insect repellent when outdoors and avoid tick habitats.

After spending time outdoors, it is important to check your entire body for ticks, including your children and pets. If you do find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to promptly remove ticks.

Your best defense against mosquitoes include:

  • Draining standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Use insect repellent when outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

Visit our Fight the Bite page for more tips and informational videos.

Region 9 and Lake County Metrics

Over the course of the past few weeks, Lake County and Region 9 have seen a drop in numbers. Many of the numbers have not been this low since June 2020. For example, Lake County aims to be at or below a testing positivity rate of 8%, we are at 1.4%. Additionally, Lake County moved out of the warning level and fell below the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000. At 36 cases per 100,000, we are now at a target level and that we hope to maintain. Visit IDPH to view the county metrics page.   

Region 9 (Lake and McHenry Counties) continue to see the numbers trending in the right direction. As of Friday, June 4, Region 9’s test positivity rate is at 1.8% and we have had 9 consecutive days of decreases in COVID-19 hospital patients. Visit IDPH to view regional metrics

We urge our community to continue to take precautions and get vaccinated when eligible. If you have received your first dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna), please make sure to get the second dose in the series. Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or after the one dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Celebrating Senior Call Center Volunteers

volunteer senior center video

Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg hosted and celebrated all the time and effort the volunteers have put in at our senior call center. It has been no small task getting the community's seniors vaccinated. We appreciate all that they have done to move our community toward a healthier future. Check out some video highlights from the celebration.

CDC Information

The CDC continues to offer a wealth of COVID-19 information surrounding many topics. They have recently released and updated several pages that coincide with the season and vaccination progress. These pages include:

Lake County COVID-19 Data

  • As of June 4, 2021, over 622,900 vaccine doses have been administered to Lake County residents and 287,348
    residents (41% of the population) have been fully vaccinated.
  • Over 82.7% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older and 56.6% of those age 16-64 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The county is averaging 2,674 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average.
  • As of June 4, 2021, 61,675 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 1,005 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.

Useful Links

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