Latest City News & Updates
Latest News & Updates
Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health announced a new update to the Restore Illinois Plan, introducing a new "Bridge Phase" designed to ease the transition from Phase 4 to Phase 5. Please click here to read the full press release, or click here to read the Bridge Phase summary.
Update from February 3, 2021:
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.
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Starting April 12, all Illinois residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine although some areas or sites may still prioritize specific groups for their vaccine allocation. Visit our Vaccine Information page to learn more about how you can register for a vaccination.
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 March 18, 2021, the Governor and Illinois Department of Public Health announced new capacity limits for settings determined by risk level, and has rolled back restrictions. To view a summary document of changes that have been made to Phase 4 guidelines, click here.
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
Statewide Reopening Metrics
Vaccine Administration Data
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.