Coronavirus COVID-19 Info

Updated May 26, 2020

Information from Governor Pritzker's Office

Governor Pritzker announced a five-phase plan to Restore Illinois. Watch or read Governor Pritzker's full statement.

  • Phase 1: Rapid Spread - strict stay at home guidelines and social distancing while the number of patients admitted to hospitals is high or rapidly increasing.
  • Phase 2: Flattening - the rate of infection among tested individuals and the number of patients admitted to hospitals increases at a slower rate, moving toward flat. Residents must wear a face covering and can enjoy more outdoor activities while practicing social distancing.
  • Phase 3: Recovery - rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to hospitals continues to decline. Gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed, manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can re-open, with limits. Face coverings and social distancing continue. 
  • Phase 4: Revitalization - the rate of infection among testing individuals and the number of patients admitted to hospitals continues to decline. Gatherings of 50 or fewer are allowed. Restaurants and bars, travel, child care and schools can re-open. Face coverings and social distancing continue.
  • Phase 5: Illinois Restored - With a vaccine or a highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of new cases. Large festivals and gatherings are permitted with new guidelines and safety procedures. 

Read the full plan here.  

Starting May 29, 2020, Illinois will move into phase 3. In phase 3, the following may open:

  • Restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Travel following IDPH and CDC guidance
  • Health care facilities open
  • Limited child care and summer programs
  • Barbershops, hair and nail salons, and other personal care services
  • Retail stores, offices, and manufacturing facilities
  • Indoor one-on-one personal training
  • Outdoor fitness classes with up to 10 people
  • Boating/camping with up to 10 people
  • Indoor & outdoor tennis facilities
  • Golf courses with four people per tee
  • State parks open

Find more details of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan here. Find industry-specific state guidelines and toolkits for reopening here

To ask the Governor’s office any question, comments, or recommendations, please email Or, get some answers to F.A.Q.s.

For information about the updated stay at home order, please see these FAQs from the Governor's office

In Illinois, every person over age 2 who is medically able to must wear a face covering when in public places where social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as the grocery store. Face coverings need to completely cover your nose and mouth to be effective. They can be made from common household items, such as a t-shirt or towel. Detailed instructions are available on the CDC website.


Updated May 18, 2020

Who to contact

If you are feeling sick, please first discuss your symptoms with your doctor, who can refer you to a testing site. If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact the Lake County Health Department by calling 847.377.8800. Find a testing site near you

For immediate assistance in finding food, shelter, rent, or utility assistance, contact 211 to speak with someone who knows Lake County organizations and resources:

  • Call 211
  • Text your zip code to 898211
  • To receive general COVID19 information via text, text "COVID19" to 211211.

If you would like to seek counseling:

  • To “Call for Calm”, text “TALK” or "HABLAR" (for Spanish) to 552020 to be connected with someone who can lend you emotional support while experiencing stress related to COVID19, free of charge. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division.
  • To speak anonymously with a counselor or a certified addiction counselor, call the Lake County Crisis Care hotline at 847.377.8088. Counselors are available 24/7.

If you or someone you know are the victim of domestic violence, help is available. Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call the hotline anytime 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233

If you or someone you know has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance:

To contact the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Lake County Health Department info:


If you are an individual or a business experiencing financial hardship, please view the library's curated page on available resources

Individuals and businesses are also encouraged to make donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact IDPH at

What makes a business essential in Illinois? See this updated FAQ document


If you or someone you know needs access to WiFi, see the library's info page here.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about online activities to help stay busy, learning, and occupied, please visit the library's guide on free virtual activities


For more information, please visit the links below:


Updated May 26, 2020

From the Lake County Health Department

Find information on Lake County government closures and service modifications.

See the Stay Home Save Lives toolkit and the information guide to adapting to COVID19 for different groups/environments

See the Lake County Health Department tips on how to stay safe while running essential errands. Download the flyer here

Covid19 can be spread by people who are not showing any symptoms. Learn more with this video

See the new Lake County Forward Initiative

New Respiratory Illness Clinic

Lake County recently opened a Respiratory Illness Clinic for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, located at the North Chicago Health Center, 2215 14th St, North Chicago. Appointments are required and can be scheduled through the Patient Access Center at 847.377.8800.

New Waukegan Testing Facility

A state-operated community based testing site opened up on Sunday, May 3 in Waukegan at 2161 Northwestern Avenue. It will be open seven days a week between 8 am to 4 pm, or until 750 tests have been completed in a single day. Tests are administered by the Illinois National Gaurd. Results come back between 4-7 days. Tests are free. 

Who can be tested at the new Waukegan facility:

  • All individuals with symptoms
  • People in the following groups with or without symptoms:
    • Individuals exposed to a confirmed COVID19 case
    • Individuals with compromised immune systems and/or chronic medical conditions
    • Healthcare workers
    • First
    • Employees of correctional facilities
    • Employees who support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
    • Individuals slated to receive elective surgery within 72 hours

Definition of Symptoms:

  • Fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell

For additional information, please visit

Contract Tracing

Through this new partnership, the Lake County Health Department will be hiring additional contact tracers with funding provided by IDPH through Federal CARES money. Those interested in becoming a contact tracer can indicate their interest on the IDPH website at

If you have questions about the contact tracing program, please call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Public health staff are vital to helping our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. By testing, contact tracing, and supporting each case, we are working to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

To learn more about how contact tracing works, watch this video.

Other news

    Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in your home and workplace is an important step during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is very important to use caution, follow product instructions, and keep cleaning products out of reach of children. The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is reporting a 30 percent increase in cleaning product exposures.

    Thank you, students of Lake Forest College, for sending encouraging messages to healthcare workers and first responders!

    United Way of Lake County announces 4th round of Covid19 grants.

    The daily Covid19 updates newsletter from the Lake County Health Department will stop publishing, however the weekly newsletter will continue. The Lake County Coronavirus Data Hub will continue to be updated. You may also follow the health department on Facebook or Twitter or visit the Covid19 Lake County website for continued updates. 

    Updated May 26, 2020

    From the City of Lake Forest

    Thanks to social distancing, the wearing of facial coverings, and the stay at home order, the spread of Covid19 in Lake Forest is slowing. Find the full re-opening plan from Governor Pritzker here.

    Households that have experienced hardship due to Covid19 may be eligible to have property tax late fees waived. Please visit for more information. 

    Good news, the Lake Forest Beach opened on Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the hard work of city crews, public works, parks and rec, and local contractors! Safety guidelines will be in place, such as visit and parking limits, and some amenities will be unavailable. Concessions will open in early June for call in and pickup. Have a mask with you, and please follow the new protocols. The boating docs are also open! 

      For Your Safety

      The Lake County Department and Community Health Center and the Illinois Department of Public Health are working with the Center for Disease Control and other public health organizations to closely monitor and work to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City of Lake Forest is following the guidance provided from these professional agencies.

      The City of Lake Forest is taking the appropriate safety measures, including continued cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces and high touch areas, and have placed hand sanitation stations for public use in the foyers of most facilities, including City Hall, Dickinson Hall, the Municipal Services Building and the Recreation Center.

      For Employee Health

      The City of Lake Forest is taking internal precautions and is encouraging best practices recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses so we may keep our employees healthy to serve you.

      As always, The City of Lake Forest shares residents' concerns about this issue and will keep residents apprised as new facts become available. Please know that City officials and staff are doing everything possible to stay informed and to encourage residents to also be informed.

      Other News

      Lake Forest Garden Club donated $110,000 to fund the City of Lake Forest Rethink Recycling campaign to help Lake Forest reduce recycling contamination. Read the City of Lake Forest's recycling guidelines here.  

      The City of Lake Forest has opened the golf course and the tennis courts, and is working to be able to open the Lake Front. Please follow all posted guidance. 

      Remember to fill out your Census. There are three ways:

      1. Online. Visit to get started.
      2. Over the phone call 844-330-2020
      3. Or, fill out the paper form you received in the mail.
      4. This summer, Census takers will visit the homes of those who have not yet responded. 


      Updated May 4, 2020

      What you can do

      How to Wear and Care for a Cloth Face Mask

      With the new stay at home order now in effect, face coverings are mandatory for everyone over the age of 2 who are medically able to wear them. Masks are easy to make and many people are donating them or selling them online. 

      Remember to:

      • Wash mask before use
      • Using clean hands, cover you mouth and nose with the mask
      • Ensure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
      • Don't touch the mask while you're wearing it
      • Remove the mask from behind, and immediately wash your hands
      • Between uses, wash masks using soap (regular laundry detergent is fine) and hot water, and thoroughly dry before wearing again
      • The mask may need to be ironed to close any gaps or rolling of fabric


      Lake County recommends practicing social distancing, "CAP", and the three C’s:

      C – Check on your neighbors (through call or text)

      A – Assess needs and assist when possible

      P – Protect self and neighbors by adhering to social distancing guidelines


      C – Clean: wash your hands often, avoid touching your nose and mouth, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

      C – Cover: cover your cough with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue away. Or, cough into your upper sleeve.

      C – Contain: Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.


      You can help prevent the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases like COVID-19 by:

      • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces
      • Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care
      • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash
      • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Getting a flu shot—it's not too late
      • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick


      Updated May 20, 2020

      Opportunities to help

      Are you a medical professional? Register through the state's website and you could be called to work.

      There are also opportunities for non-medical professionals. Please visit to learn more. Find local volunteer opportunities by filling out the United Way of Lake County COVID-19 volunteer application.

      Checkout this guide from page on how and what to donate to local hospitals put together by Patch. Interested in making and donating cloth masks? Check the health department and CDC websites for specification and instructions.

      United Way of Lake County is taking donations. Learn more and donate to the Lake County, IL COVID-19 Community Response Fund. You may also choose to donate to the Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund, through the Lake County Community Foundation.

      Your response to the Census is vital to ensure that Lake Forest, Lake County, and the State of Illinois all get a fair share of funding and representation. Learn more about the 2020 Decennial Census here