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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Offered in Lake County

The Health Department is announcing that free Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing is coming to Grayslake and Fox Lake over the coming weeks. The mobile testing unit will be managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Health Department Urges Staying Home as COVID-19 Infections Quadruple

The Lake County Health Department is urging the public to avoid social gatherings and stay home as much as possible to slow the rapid resurgence of COVID-19.

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Answer the Call to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

When a COVID-19 case is reported to the Health Department, staff attempt to reach the infected person within 24 hours to gather information, provide guidance, and offer support while the person isolates and recovers. 

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of early death in Lake County. Living with diabetes can increase your risk of serious health problems.

Diabetes is a challenging disease to control on your own. The Lake County Health Department's Be Well Lake ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2020

Roll up Your Sleeve to Fight Flu!

Now is the time to roll up your sleeve and get your influenza (flu) vaccine. The vaccine takes approximately two weeks to build up your immune system’s defense. 

While flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, one key difference is th...

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Health Department News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Health Department COVID-19 Update - November 2020

As the pandemic enters a new wave prompting lockdowns across the world, daily cases in the United States surpassed 100,000 for the first time on November 4. In Lake County, we have had over 23,000 confirmed cases, and over 520 confirmed deaths. Our recove...

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

North Suburban Region 9 to Enter Mitigation for COVID-19

Today, Gov. Pritzker and the IDPH announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in the North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Health Department Recommends Virtual Learning

The Lake County Health Department is reporting 'substantial' community transmission of COVID-19. To protect residents and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department is recommending that K-12 schools in Lake County transition to virtual learning.

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

North Suburban Region 9 COVID-19 Trends May Trigger Mitigation

The North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, is nearing thresholds set by the State of Illinois that could trigger new mitigation measures in the region as early as next week.

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Ethylene Oxide Update - October 9, 2020

On June 16, 2020, the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) posted the last set of results from the final phase (Phase III) of EtO air monitoring, which included samples collected between April 4 and May 7, 2020. 

In the last data set, there were f...

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Health Department News
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Health Department Coronavirus Alert

The Health Department is currently investigating several COVID-19 cases linked to adult volleyball leagues. So far, 14 people who played or watched volleyball at Jesse Oaks Food & Drink in Gages Lake in September have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Rising in Lake and McHenry Counties

COVID-19 Cases Rising in Lake and McHenry Counties

Cases among teens and young adults, business-related complaints rising

 

Public health officials in Lake and McHenry Counties are urging the public to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19. As ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Lake and McHenry Counties United Against Resurgence of COVID-19

Lake and McHenry County officials are working together to slow the recent resurgence of COVID-19. The two counties make up the North Suburban Region identified under a plan recently rolled out by the State of Illinois.

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

COVID-19 Testing and Investigation Continues in Lake Zurich

The Health Department continues to work closely with Lake Zurich School District 95 in response to multiple cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) identified last week among participants of high school athletic camps and recent social gatherings.

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Rising Among Younger Lake County Residents

The Lake County Health Department is reporting an upward trend in new COVID-19 cases among teenagers and young adults in the past two weeks.

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Health Department and Partners Work to Address Health Disparities

The Lake County Health Department continues to work alongside community partners to address higher rates of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) infections occurring in Lake County's African American and Latino communities.

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Lake County Officials Warn of Contact Tracing Scams

Lake County officials are warning residents of contact tracing scams where criminals pretend to be contact tracers to steal vital information like social security numbers and banking information over the phone, via email, and text message.

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Ethylene Oxide Air Monitoring Program Concludes

The Health Department, Village of Gurnee, and City of Waukegan have received the final set of results from the last phase of outdoor air monitoring for ethylene oxide (EtO) near Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee and Medline Industries in Waukegan.

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Lake County Health Department Expands COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Lake County Health Department is now facilitating Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing for residents and staff of long-term care facilities throughout the county.

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Racism is a Public Health Issue

Our skin is the largest organ in the body, designed to shield and protect us from the elements of the outside world. Its color is determined by the amount of melanin produced by a specific cell in our body and the reaction to sunlight. Throughout history,...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Lake County Enters Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan

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 ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Announces Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative

On 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 t...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Extends Stay-At-Home Order to May 30

On Thursday, April 23, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced he would extend the stay-at-home order through May 30, with some modifications taking effect on May 1.

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Lake County Launches Coronavirus Data Hub

Lake County has released a Coronavirus Data Hub to centralize data related to COVID-19 in Lake County, available at www.lakecountyil.gov/COVID19data. The hub includes the number of cases and deaths in Lake County and in the State of Illinois, an interacti...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Lake County Announces First Coronavirus Deaths

 Lake County officials regret to announce that the first two Lake County residents have died from complications of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said, “On March 24, 2020, at approxim...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Health Department Develops Guidance for Essential Staff Working During COVID-19

The Lake County Health Department has developed guidance for employers currently operating to protect staff and customers’ health: 

  • Staff who have a fever or respiratory symptoms of cough, sore throat,...
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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces “stay-at-home" order

On Friday, March 20, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home" order to take effect Saturday evening, March 21 and continue through Tuesday, April 7. The order is in place to protect the health of people in our community and th...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Lake County Government Operations Update March 19

To protect the public and Lake County staff while maintaining required government operations, Lake County Government offices will be transitioning to provide only essential functions over the next few days. Visit lakecountyil.gov/closures for more informa...

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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...
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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Updated Guidance to Minimize Spread of Coronavirus

In accordance with State of Illinois guidance, the Lake County Health Department has updated its recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Public health officials continue to urge all residents to take precautions to stay health...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Restaurants, Bars, and More to Suspend Services for On-Site Consumption

Beginning March 16, 2020 at 9 p.m. through March 30, 2020, all businesses in Illinois that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption - including restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls - must suspend service for and may not permit on-p...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Health Department Issues New Guidance to Minimize COVID-19 Spread

The Lake County Health Department issued new recommendations to slow community spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These recommendations include community interventions such as canceling large events and social distancing, which are measures to redu...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Lake County Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus Disease

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is joining with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to announce that a Lake County resident has tested positive at the IDPH laboratory for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The reside...

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