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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Dealing with COVID-19

Community Update 📣

Beginning today Monday, February 28, masks will be strongly encouraged, but no longer required in the library. For more information on Gov. Pritzker Illinois Statewide Indoor Mask Requirement Lift visit


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COVID-19 Update

Vaccine Update

Authorization of a Second Booster


On March 29, 2022, the CDC updated their recommendations based on the FDA’s authorization of a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain people who may be at an increased risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19. The amended emergency use authorization allows the following groups to receive a second booster: 

  • Individuals ages 50 and older, at least four months after the first booster 
  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to certain immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older at least four months after the first booster. 
  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to immunocompromised individuals 18 years of age and older at least four months after the first booster. 

Individuals ages 12 and older were previously authorized to receive an additional dose if immunocompromised. With this new authorization, this group of individuals can now receive a three-dose primary series and two boosters. Visit the CDC for more information about COVID-19 Booster Shots

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions regarding eligibility. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, visit

Read the press releases from the CDC and FDA

Moderna Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

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Moderna announced that they plan to seek FDA authorization for the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to under six years of age in the coming weeks. The two-dose series for children in this age group will consist of 25 micrograms per shot. Five is currently the youngest age at which the COVID-19 vaccine is currently available. Children from ages 5 to 11 are eligible for Pfizer's pediatric vaccine.

Read Moderna’s full press release for more information.

New! Online Resources

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Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

The CDC recently added a quarantine and isolation calculator to their Quarantine and Isolation page. This feature is helpful if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. The questionnaire will lead you through a series of questions to help determine if you need to quarantine or isolate, when to get tests, and how long you should wear a mask when around others. 

Visit the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.  

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The White House recently launched a new COVID-19 information site, connects visitors with information about COVID-19 risk level in their community, prevention, and nearby treatment options.

Visit to learn more.

COVID-19 Newsletter Transition 


We will be transitioning our COVID-19 newsletter to a monthly schedule beginning Friday, May 6. Our updated newsletter, "Healthy Lifestyle Lake County," will include COVID-19 information and other health-related topics that concern the Lake County community.

We are committed to sharing new COIVD-19 information as it becomes available. Please follow us on our social media accounts for the latest updates- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Lake County COVID-19 Data

  • As of April 1, 2022, over 1,259,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Lake County residents and 481,973 residents (68.77% of the population) have been fully vaccinated.
  • Over 99.1% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older and 82.7% of those age 18-64 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The county is averaging 492 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average.
  • As of April 1, 2022, 123,720 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 1,360 deaths.

View the Lake County, IL Coronavirus Data Hub 


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Who to Contact if You Have Questions

Do you have questions? The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:

For additional information from the IDPH, visit:

COVID-19 Resources

Lake County AllVax Portal Resources

Visit our AllVax Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers and information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Lake County. Encourage members of the community to register in AllVax utilizing resources from the AllVax Portal Toolkit, including social media messages, guides, print materials, and more.   

Community Guidance and Resources

Protect yourself and your community. Our Community Guidance and Resources page has information to help residents stay safe and informed.

Public Health Navigator Program 

If you or someone you know is struggling with meeting their health and other needs, the Lake County Health Department is here to help! We have two new teams of Case Managers and Community Health Workers dedicated to helping community members access and utilize the resources and support they need, including:      

  • COVID-19 vaccine education and sign-up 
  • Access to medical care    
  • Health education and support    
  • Food and medicine delivery for families in quarantine and isolation    
  • Transportation assistance for medical visits    
  • Access to food support    
  • Rent and utility assistance    
  • Mental health support    
  • Immigration support   
  • And more!   

All services are available regardless of your insurance or immigration status. To get connected, call (847) 3778444 or email

Get Involved

Join the Medical Reserve Corps

The Lake County Health Department is in need of volunteers with a valid medical license to fill roles as vaccinators, vaccine mixers, and wellness check observers at our mass vaccination sites. Visit our Lake County Medical Reserve Corps page to learn more.  

Become a Community Health Ambassador

Community Health Ambassadors play a key role in helping our community members get vaccinated by sharing resources, answering FAQs, and encouraging community members to register on AllVax. Visit the Community Health Ambassador page for more information and to register.  

Additional Ways to Help

Visit Lake County Health Departments How You Can Help page to find additional opportunities to donate or volunteer.

Useful Links

A magnified image of the coronavirus"Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine" Lake County Health Department
Hotline: 847-377-8130

"COVID-19" video on the different vaccines 

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at

"Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval," CDC


Cook County County:
Hotline: 833-308-1988 (answered M-F 7am – 7pm)

Zip code search for COVID-19 rates:

Register for a vaccine appointment with a pharmacy:

Please also reach out to your hospital health system to inquire about their vaccination appointment process.

Veterans: If you are a veteran and receive your medical care from the VA, register here:

Get Tested for COVID-19


"How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois Department of Public Health


State of Illinois (COVID-19) Response

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​COVID-19 Testing Sites

Before visiting a testing site, sign up here: 

Testing Sites

Community-Based Testing Sites are available to anyone to get tested. Testing is free. These sites are run by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 
testing siteWaukegan Community-Based Testing Site
102 W. Water Street, Waukegan, IL
Monday through Saturday — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arlington Heights Community-Based Testing Site
Arlington Racetrack
823 Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Monday through Saturday — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More testing sites (click here)  

Order COVID-19 test at

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Illinois Department of Public Health

Congressman Brad Schneider's Webpage on COVID-19

COVID-19 Information

The situation in Illinois

Illinois Hotline :




Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (S.T.E.P.)

U.S. Department of State

Medline Plus

Jobs- Lake County 
Picture of people in lineWe can assist you remotely with your job search and career transition. Email your request to or call 847-377-3450.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Small Business Resources and Disaster Loan ProgramPeople forming a business plan 

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 




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