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Health-related data, including when someone tests positive for COVID-19, is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under this federal law, public health agencies and healthcare providers must do everything within our power to protect the privacy of residents or patients. We use ranges of cases in our dashboard to assure the privacy of residents with COVID-19 while still providing meaningful data to our municipalities.
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To use the map, hover your mouse over a municipality to view the number of cases reported. The data displayed is a range of cases, for example, fewer than 5, 5 to 9, 10-14, etc.
Areas on the map with a higher prevalence of reported cases per 10,000 residents are shaded darker. For example, if both Lake Forest and Highland Park have the same number of cases, Lake Forest will display as darker on the map because it has fewer residents, so the prevalence per 10,000 is higher.
The dashboard shows a higher concentration of cases in some Lake County communities. The Lake County Health Department cautions that:
There are a number of reasons that one community may have a higher number of positive cases:
It is safe to assume that every community in Lake County is impacted by COVID-19. We can all help prevent the spread of illness by:
Diligently following the “stay-at-home” order
Strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines
Washing your hands frequently
Covering coughs and sneezes
Staying home and isolating yourself from others in your household if you are sick