Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsletter — January 7, 2022

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COVID-19 Update

Vaccine Update

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The FDA recently updated booster shot recommendations for those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Both the CDC and IDPH aligned with FDA’s amended emergency use authorization (EUA) recommendations. The amended EUA made three updates:

  1. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster is now available to children ages 12-15. CDC recommends that children ages 12-15 receive a booster if they received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago.   
  2. Those that completed the initial series of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago are now eligible to receive a booster. The previous time period was six months after. For those that received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson in their initial series, the six-month interval remains the same before being eligible for a booster.

    More information about COVID-19 boosters can be found on the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot page. If you are eligible for a booster, visit Vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment near you.
  1. A third vaccine dose has been authorized for immunocompromised children ages 5-11. More information can be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People.

Read the CDC’s January 4 statement and their January 5 statement regarding new recommendations and updates following the FDA’s amended EUA actions.

Quarantine and Isolation Update

On December 27, 2021, the CDC updated guidance around quarantine and isolation for those who have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19. IDPH adopted the updated guidance for the general public. This guidance does not apply to healthcare workers, or those who work or live in congregate settings. Further guidance for these special groups will be updated by CDC and IDPH over the next several weeks.  

Visit the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation Guidance page for more information.

Myth vs. Fact

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Myth: “The Omicron variant is not as severe, so it is no big deal if I get COVID-19.”

Fact: Even if you don't get severely sick from COVID-19, you can expose someone who is immunocompromised or elderly. These individuals can get severely ill from COVID-19 and its variants. Get vaccinated and boosted to protect yourself and others. Visit the CDC page How to Protect Yourself & Others for ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Myth: “There is an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine called Comirnaty, but it has not been released yet.”

Fact: Comirnaty is the brand name of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It obtained the name “Comirnaty” when it became FDA-approved in August 2021. Comirnaty’s formula is identical to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. View the FDA approval letter for more information.

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Myth: “Using a nasal COVID-19 test to swab my throat will give me more accurate results.”

Fact: Follow the manufacturer's guidelines of your at home COVID-19 test for the best results. Some tests may say that you could swab either your nose or throat, but only do so if stated in the instructions. The test's performance is based off of how the sample is collected. Incorrect use of your at-home test could lead to inaccurate results.

Upcoming Celebrations and Events

We encourage all that are eligible to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are able. While it's only January, a new season of holidays and gatherings will be upon us soon. It's never too early to start thinking about getting vaccinated. The following are the exact dates people would need to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated by these specific holidays and events:

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Blood Drive

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Throughout the pandemic, there have been blood donation shortages both in Illinois and nationwide Round Lake Beach Civic Center will be hosting a community blood drive in conjunction with Heritage Church. The event will take place on January 26 in the Gathering Lobby at Heritage Church from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. View the event flyer for more information and how to register.

Radon Action Month

With the cold winter upon us and many people staying home due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the quality of the air inside our homes is now more important than ever. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The Health Department urges residents to check their homes radon levels during the winter months when the levels are the highest.  Ensure the safety of the air within your home and test for radon.

The Health Department offers short-term testing kits for $10.00, available at 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville, or for $13.00 by mail. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by Health Department staff. Test kits are also available from area hardware and building supply stores. If test results reveal elevated levels of radon in your home, contact a radon professional to evaluate and fix the problem. 

Read the full press release for more information.

Lake County COVID-19 Data

  • As of January 7, 2022, over 1,142,400 vaccine doses have been administered to Lake County residents and 454,509 residents (64.85% of the population) have been fully vaccinated.
  • Over 97.9% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older and 79.1% of those age 18-64 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The county is averaging 2,442 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average.
  • As of January 7, 2022, 94,065 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 1,162 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 (823 Wilke Rd.), and Rockford (1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.)  are open Monday through 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 https://idph-mychart.pchosted.com/idph/Authentication/Login. 

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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: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html

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.


Public Health Navigator Program 

If you or someone you know is struggling with meeting their health and other needs, the Lake County Health Department is here to help! We have two new teams of Case Managers and Community Health Workers dedicated to helping community members access and utilize the resources and support they need, including:      

  • COVID-19 vaccine education and sign-up 
  • Access to medical care    
  • Health education and support    
  • Food and medicine delivery for families in quarantine and isolation    
  • Transportation assistance for medical visits    
  • Access to food support    
  • Rent and utility assistance    
  • Mental health support    
  • Immigration support   
  • And more!   

All services are available regardless of your insurance or immigration status. To get connected, call (847) 3778444 or email HLCommunityHelp@lakecountyil.gov. 

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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