Latest City News & Updates
Latest News & Updates
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announce Region 9 (Lake Forest region) will move to Phase 4. Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from January 26, 2021:
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announce Region 9 (Lake Forest region) will move to Tier 1 mitigations. Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from January 18, 2021:
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announce Region 9 (Lake Forest region) will move from the most restrictive Tier 3 to Tier 2 mitigations. Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from January 15, 2021:
Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker announced regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations, the strictest tier of Illinois' resurgence mitigation plan, implemented shortly before Thanksgiving, in response to a surge of COVID-19 statewide and across the Midwest. Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from December 9, 2020:
The Lake County Health Department announces a COVID-19 vaccine registration process. Lake County residents may register on the Lake County AllVax Portal to be notified when a vaccine is available to them. Residents may register online through a secure portal or call the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8130.
Update from November 17, 2020:
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announce all regions in Illinois will move to Tier 3 Mitigations beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020. Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from October 28, 2020:
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announce resurgence mitigations for Lake and McHenry Counties (Region 9) beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Please click here to read the full press release.
Update from July 15, 2020:
Please click here to see Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19.
Update from June 22, 2020:
Please click here to see Guidelines for re-opeing during Phase 4.
Update from May 24, 2020:
Please click here to see the Guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity to support businesses as they plan for re-opening during Phase 3 of "Restore Illinois".
Update from May 5, 2020:
Please click here to see Governor's Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" 5-Phase Program.
The City of Lake Forest is closely monitoring the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and appreciates the chance to help you be informed, and stay informed on what we are learning from local and regional sources.
Our top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our residents. Please dial 9-1-1 in cases of emergency only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.
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Phase 1a: Healthcare Personnel and Long-Term Care Facility Residents
Currently, vaccine supply is limited. The Lake County Health Department continues to vaccinate Phase 1a, healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents by appointment only. Please make sure you are registered in the AllVax system so we can notify you when you can schedule your appointment.
Vaccinations at long-term care facilities in Lake County began on December 28, 2020. These are vaccinations are being done by Walgreens and CVS through a federal program.
Phase 1b: Adults Ages 65 and Older and Frontline Essential Workers
Some local hospitals, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other partners began giving vaccines on a limited basis to Phase 1b, adults ages 65 and older and frontline essential workers, on January 25. This phase will continue for several months. A map of local providers is available on the State of Illinois website.
The Lake County Health Department will begin vaccinating people in Phase 1b soon. Please make sure you are registered in the AllVax system so we can notify you when you can schedule your appointment.
Safeguards to ensure that vaccines meet standards for safety and effectiveness include the following measures:
COVID-19 vaccines must go through rigorous clinical trials in which many thousands of study participants receive the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates the scientific data from these studies to determine the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine. FDA relies on analysis and recommendations from an advisory group of independent scientists and experts, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). VRBPAC meetings are open to the public.
If a vaccine meets the FDA's safety and effectiveness standards, the FDA can make the vaccines available for use in the U.S. by traditional licensure or emergency use authorization.
After the FDA makes its determination, a second independent advisory body of immunization experts, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will review the vaccine's safety and effectiveness data. They will make recommendations to the CDC with guidance for healthcare providers and the public about the use of the vaccine.
Vaccine Safety Monitoring
After any vaccine is authorized for use, including COVID vaccines, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible side effects. If an unexpected serious side effect is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern. This serves as an ongoing evaluation of safety even after the clinical trials are completed. For COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC and FDA have expanded safety monitoring systems to carefully evaluate safety in real-time and make sure the COVID-19 vaccines are as safe as possible.
- More information: Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States, CDC
Only licensed and trained health professionals will administer the vaccine
Only individuals who are licensed and trained to administer vaccines will be able to provide vaccination. Once the vaccine is more widely available to the general public, many different types of healthcare providers will provide vaccine in order to make the vaccine accessible for all who are interested in receiving it. These providers may administer vaccine both in clinics and hospitals and at more mobile or pop-up events in the community.
All Lake County residents are strongly encouraged to register on the Lake County AllVax Portal to be notified when they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Registering online is easy and secure at allfax.lakecohealth.org. Residents may also register over the phone by calling the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8130.
To learn more about the State of Illinois vaccination plan, click here.
Current COVID-19 Data & Restrictions
On February 3, 2021, the Governor and Illinois Department of Public Health announced our region (Made up of Lake and McHenry Counties) met the requirements necessary to move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Under the current mitigations, indoor dining, indoor and outdoor recreational activities, reopening of cultural institutions, and gatherings of up to 50 individuals are now allowed.
For the most current data related to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Coronavirus, and the Lake County Health Department COVID-19 Websites.
Lake County Coronavirus Data Hub
Regional COVID-19 Metrics
COVID-19 Testing Resources
The Lake County Health Department also maintains up-to-date information about local and community-based testing. For more information about testing locations in the area, types of testing offered, locations and hours, please click here.