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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Health Department Updates Recommendations

The Lake County Health Department updated its recommendations in accordance with State of Illinois guidance. This includes:

Social Distancing

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • If gatherings are necessary, limit the number of people to 10.
  • Call to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting.
  • Check with your healthcare provider about telehealth options.

Nursing Home Facilities

  • Restricting all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life residents.
  • Restricting all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers).
  • Canceling all group activities and communal dining.
  • Implementing active screening of residents and healthcare personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • Additional guidance for long-term care facilities is on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Community Events

  • Beginning March 18, 2020, all community events with 50 or more people in attendance should be canceled or postponed through the duration of the Illinois Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
  • For gatherings of any size, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations (e.g., elderly), strongly consider canceling.
  • This includes community, civic, public leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, and any similar event or activity that brings together 50 or more people in a single space.
  • This includes fitness centers/health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, and theatres.
  • This does not include venues that provide essential goods or services such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks/credit unions, and shelters.

The Health Department will continue to provide updates as recommendations change.

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