Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Lake County, Illinois Information

The Lake County Health Department is closely monitoring a fast-changing pandemic of a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Our priority is the health and safety of our residents, and we continue to use every available resource to prepare our communities for the spread of COVID-19.

For the most current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH): Coronavirus websites.

Recent Updates

May 29, 2020
As part of the Northeast region, Lake County entered Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan today. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced he is signing a new executive order to reflect these changes while extending the state of emergency for another 30 days. The new ’Community Recovery Order’ continues with previously outlined guidelines, such as limiting gatherings to groups of 10 people or less and requiring face coverings in public, and reopening many businesses with precautions to keep residents safe. View Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines and Toolkits in English and Spanish.

May 18, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative, a locally-driven approach to scale up contact tracing in Illinois. The Lake County Health Department was among two local health departments in the state chosen to pilot the program for having significant needs regarding case numbers in vulnerable populations, a robust capacity to scale up contact tracing efforts, and great existing collaborations of public health personnel, medical students, and volunteers already on the ground.

Through this new partnership, the Lake County Health Department will be hiring additional contact tracers with funding provided by IDPH through Federal CARES money. Those interested in becoming a contact tracer can indicate their interest on the IDPH website at

If you have questions about the contact tracing program, please call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.


COVID-19 Testing

Find testing locations and criteria for Lake County, Illinois


How to Protect Yourself and Others

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Community Guidance and Resources

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How to Get Help

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COVID-19 Service Modifications and Closures

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Health Department Service Modifications and Closures

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Question Mark


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Communication Resources

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Who to Contact If You Have General Questions

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline

Please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

Lake County COVID-19 Questions

Lake County is posting videos featuring the top 10 questions on COVID-19 pertaining to our community. Submit your questions by emailing with the subject line "COVID-19 Video Question."

Note: The Health Department cannot offer medical advice or answer questions related to COVID-19 cases through this service. If you have personal medical questions, please contact your healthcare provider. This email is not monitored 24/7.

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