Community Guidance and Resources
Restore Illinois: Phase 4 Reopening Guidlines and Toolkits
The State of Illinois has developed guidelines and toolkits to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring more residents back to work.
- Business and Organization Guidance - IDPH
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations - CDC
- Funeral Homes Guidance - IDPH
- Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Businesses During COVID-19 - LCHD (Spanish)
- Guidance for Non-Clinical Worksites During COVID-19 - LCHD (Spanish)
- Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Hotels and Motels - LCHD (Spanish)
- Guidance for Transportation Providers and Passengers During COVID-19 - LCHD (Spanish)
- Worker Safety and Support - CDC
- Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses - IDPH
- COVID-19 Template Letter for Businesses - LCHD
- Health Check Guidance for Employers - LCHD
- Resources for Businesses and Employers - CDC
- Tips for Essential Workers on How to Not Bring COVID-19 Home - LCHD (Spanish)
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations - CDC
- Guidance for Collecting and Receiving Donated Goods - LCHD
- Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services - IDPH
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities - CDC
- Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations - CDC
- Resources for Gatherings and Community Events - CDC
- Resources for Parks and Recreational Facilities - CDC
- Resources to Support People Experiencing Homelessness - CDC
- Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement - CDC
- Resources for Correctional and Detention Facilities - CDC
The Health Department is directing people who think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, to call their primary care provider. Please contact the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program to arrange for the patient to be assessed if they meet the criteria for a Persons Under Investigation (PUI).
- Clinical and Public Health Guidance for Managing COVID-19 - IDPH
- Clinical criteria for a COVID-19 person under investigation (PUI) - CDC
- Elective Surgical Procedure Guidance - IDPH
- Information for Healthcare Professionals - CDC
- Long Term Care Facility Guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) - IDPH
- Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment Guidance - IDPH
- Routine Oral and Dental Care - IDPH
- Decision Tool: Child Care - CDC
- Decision Tool: Schools - CDC
- Letter to School Administrators - May 28, 2020 - LCHD
- Pandemic COVID‐19 Checklist: K‐12 School Administrators - IDPH
- Resources for Colleges and Universities - CDC
- Resources for Schools and Childcare Programs - CDC
To limit the spread of COVID19, the Lake County Health Department recommends that individuals returning from an area with widespread community transmission self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor their symptoms daily.
While Lake County and Illinois have seen steep declines in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, other parts of the country are seeing a surge in new cases. The United States overall is setting new highs for daily COVID-19 cases.
Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Watch your distance
Do these things consistently to lower your risk.
High Incidence States
If you have traveled to one of the states below and you did not follow the 3 Ws, please consider a 14-day self-quarantine to protect others.
This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order.
High-incidence states are those that have at least 15 COVID-19 new cases per 100,000 resident population per day, over a 7-day rolling average. The list of states meeting this definition will be updated every Tuesday.
Updated 7/28/2020, 9:30 a.m.
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COVID-19 is spreading worldwide. CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential international travel. If you must travel, follow the recommendations in the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice, in addition to any travel health recommendations provided on the webpage for your destination.
Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. These groups should consider postponing nonessential travel and avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.
- Information for Travelers - CDC
- Guidance for Transportation Providers and Passengers During COVID-19 - LCHD
Basic tips for travelers include:
- Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
- Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.
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