Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Lake County, Illinois Information

The Lake County Health Department has a dedicated team of staff working to protect public health during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to use every available resource to protect the health of all who live, work, and play in Lake County.

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

Lake County Transitions to Community-Based COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Lake County Health Department is announcing that it will transition to a community-based vaccination model next month, and the final day for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Lake County Fairgrounds will be Monday, June 14, 2021. Read the full press release.

Health Department To Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 12 to 15

The Lake County Health Department will open COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 12 to 15 years old on Thursday, May 13, 2021, following the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to register their children on the Lake County AllVax Portal to make an appointment.

Health Department Resumes Use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 23, 2021, the Lake County Health Department has resumed the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). After thoroughly reviewing 15 reports of a rare blood clotting disorder with low platelets out of nearly 7 million people who received the vaccine, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, and that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks.

First Case of COVID-19 Variant Identified in Lake County

On February 6, the Health Department reported the first case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) variant B.1.1.7 in Lake County. Read the full press release.

Updated Quarantine Recommendations

On December 2, 2020, the CDC issued new options for shortened quarantine for people who have no symptoms. The CDC made clear that a 14-day quarantine is still best practice and affirmed that local health departments should evaluate if these options are right for the areas they serve.  At the time of this change, Lake County was seeing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. After careful consideration the Lake County Health Department did not adopt the new options. Instead, we decided to reassess the situation after the holidays. 

The Lake County Health Department has reviewed these alternatives, COVID-19 trends, and socioeconomic and mental health impact to our community. We continue to recommend that close contacts to a COVID-19 case ideally, complete a 14-day quarantine period. However, effective February 8, 2021, a shortened 10-day quarantine period is acceptable if the person exposed to COVID-19 has NOT developed symptoms. Learn more.

Non-Essential Travel

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department recommends avoiding all non-essential travel. Visit our Community Guidance and Resources page for more information.

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Current Vaccination Phase

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Learn more at AllVax.lakecohealth.org.


AllVax Portal

Lake County AllVax Portal

Register for your COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine, how to register for yours, and more.

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COVID-19 Testing

Find testing locations and criteria for Lake County, Illinois

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How to Protect Yourself and Others

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities healthy and safe

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Answer the Call

Learn about the Health Department’s efforts to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to COVID-19

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Community Guidance and Resources

Find information and resources for your community and/or organization to prepare and take action

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How to Get Help

Find resources to help yourself and your family during this unprecedented time

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How You Can Help

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps.

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COVID-19 Service Modifications and Closures

Find service modification and closure information for Lake County Government

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Health Department Service Modifications and Closures

Find service modification and closure information for Community Health Centers

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COVID-19 FAQs

Find answers to questions you have about COVID-19 from the Health Department, IDPH, and CDC

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  • COVID-19 in Lake County: Contact the Lake County Health Department at COVID19@lakecountyil.gov    
  • COVID-19 and other communicable diseases: Contact the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program at (847) 377-8130
  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Lake County: Contact the Lake County Health Department at AllVax@lakecountyil.gov
  • COVID-19 Relief and Recovery in Lake County: Contact Lake County Communications at (847) 377-2154 or communications@lakecountyil.gov    
  • COVID-19 in Illinois: Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV    
  • Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan: Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV    
  • Phase 4 Guidelines for Businesses: Contact the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity at 1-800-252-2923 or CEO.support@illinois.gov.    

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