Click here for a summary of the City's response during 2020.
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All Illinoisans age 5 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination! To register with AllVax, via the Lake County Health Department, visit allvax.lakecohealth.org. Look for appointments at:
Vaccinations for Homebound Residents
Current Status of COVID-19 Guidelines: Phase 5
The State of Illinois is currently operating in Phase 5.
Current Status of COVID-19 Community Transmission: High
Data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Lake County is now experiencing high community transmission of COVID-19, defined as 100 or more cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.
The CDC urges individuals in communities with substantial and high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. Wearing masks while indoors will help prevent infections among those who cannot be vaccinated, including children under age 12 and individuals with compromised immune systems.
Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19, and getting vaccinated helps protect yourself, your family, and your community, especially young children and at-risk, immunocompromised people. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available at no cost to anyone age 12 and older. Find your vaccine at vaccines.gov.
COVID-19 testing is available at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies in Highland Park.
Free COVID-19 SHIELD saliva testing, developed by the University of Illinois, is available from the College of Lake County:
CLC - Grayslake Campus SHIELD Testing
University Center of Lake County, Rm. 112
1200 University Center Drive (near the Washington St. entrance)
Mondays & Thursdays, 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Appointments are not necessary, but individuals do need to create an account online before heading to the site.
Free COVID-19 testing is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health at convenient locations throughout the state. To find a COVID-19 testing site, visit dph.illinois.gov/testing. The two nearest IDPH testing sites are:
823 Wilke Rd
8:00am – 4:00pm
Mobile testing sites may available in Lake County if there is a need. Find an IDPH mobile testing site.
Important News from the City of Highland Park
- August 4, 2021: Due to substantial community transmission of COVID-19, masks are now required for visitors to City buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
- June 1, 2021: Highland Park Senior Center Reopens at the Highland Park Country Club
- May 28, 2021: COVID-19 Safety in City Buildings
- May 24, 2021: Highland Park Senior Center Relocates to Highland Park Country Club; Connector Bus Service Resumes
- April 30, 2021: Highland Park Cancels Large Fourth of July Gatherings Due to COVID-19
- April 2, 2021: City to host COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic for Qualifying Residents in 1A, 1B, and 1B+ as Defined by the State of IL on April 8, 2021
- April 1, 2021: City of Highland Park and Village of Deerfield Collaborate to Vaccinate Area Food Service Workers
- February 3, 2021: Region 9 is advanced to Phase 4 guidelines.
- January 26, 2021: Region 9 is advanced to Tier 1 mitigations.
- January 21, 2021: The White House has released a seven-point plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
- January 18, 2021: Region 9 (Lake & McHenry Counties) is now operating under less restrictive Tier 2 mitigations. Click here to view the Executive Order. Click here to learn more.
- January 14, 2021:
The City of Highland Park and the Park District of Highland Park are partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health to offer two locations for free COVID-19 testing during the week of January 18:Monday, January 18:Hidden Creek AquaPark1220 Fredrickson Pl.8:00 AM - 4:00 PMFriday, January 22:Highland Park Country Club1201 Park Ave. W.8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- January 11, 2021: Click here to view the Emergency Declaration for the City of Highland Park.
- December 9, 2020: Lake County residents may now register on the Lake County AllVax Portal to be notified when a COVID-19 vaccine is available to them. Registering online is easy and secure at allvax.lakecohealth.org. Residents may also register over the phone by calling the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8130.
- December 4, 2020: City Lifts Local Restrictions on Indoor Workout Facilities & Dance Studios (Media release)
- November 17, 2020: All Regions in Illinois Move to Tier 3 Mitigations Effective November 20, 2020 (Executive Order; IDPH media release)
- November 11, 2020: IDPH urges all Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible (participate only in essential activities, work from home, limit unnecessary travel and gatherings)
- October 14, 2020: IDPH Issues Fall/Winter Holiday Guidance (Press Release; Guidance; Printable PDF)
- August 25, 2020: State of Illinois Requires Face Coverings For Diners (Media Release; Toolkits)
- July 21, 2020: Hot Spot Travel Recommendations (Updated List; Media Release)
- April 17, 2020: City Requires Use of Face Coverings Effective Monday, April 20 (press release; further information)
- March 27, 2020: City Administrative Services Available Online, via Mail (news update)
- March 14, 2020: Declaration of emergency due to COVID-19 (statement from Mayor Rotering; video)
Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
- Offers to purchase a COVID-19 vaccination card: these can only be provided by legitimate healthcare workers administering vaccines.
- Offers of a $200 Medicare prescription card: there is no such card.
- Scam COVID-19 vaccine surveys: callers fraudulently claim to offer money or gifts in exchange for your participation. Do not give your personal, medical, or financial information to callers.
- Fraudulent contact tracers: legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or set up a COVID-19 test and collect payment information. COVID-19 testing is free.
- Fake grant programs or financial assistance: scammers have used hacked social media accounts to coerce individuals into providing their financial information in exchange for scam grants.
- Unapproved and illegitimate COVID-19 testing: scammers particularly target Medicare patients and ask for personal details.
- Do not post your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media. These cards may contain personally identifiable information that can be used to steal your identity.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You cannot pay to obtain a vaccine faster.
- Only make appointments for COVID-19 vaccination or testing at official sites.
- Medicare will not call you to offer COVID-19 related products, services, or benefit review.
- Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. FDA is monitoring fraudulent COVID-19 related products.
- If you receive a phone call claiming to be from Medicare and asking for personal information such as your Medicare Number or your Social Security number, hang up and call 1.800.MEDICARE.
Assistance for Highland Park Businesses
The City is committed to supporting local businesses during the pandemic. Business assistance initiatives offer direct cash relief, eliminate administrative barriers, and provide promotional support.
Financial Aid for Restaurants & Retailers Grant Program
The City will reimburse up to 50% of eligible COVID-19 operational expenses for qualifying restaurants and retailers, up to a maximum of $5,000 for retailers and $10,000 for restaurants. Read more.
2021 Fee Waivers & Deferrals
- Registration fees for businesses occupying 7,000 sq. ft. or less are waived.
- Restaurant license fees are waived.
- 50% of liquor license fees for restaurants and hotels are waived, with payment of the balance deferred until June 30, 2021.
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19, known informally as the coronavirus, is an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new virus that was first detected in China in 2019. COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Detailed information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
County & State Metrics
The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) reports data for Highland Park. The COVID-19 Data Hub includes an interactive map of municipalities and provides information for incorporated and unincorporated areas. The Data Hub is updated once every business day, between 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Information available for each municipality includes a total range of confirmed cases and total population counts. LCHD also provides county-level statistics, including hospital admissions, testing turn-around time, total deaths, and demographic information for COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Regional COVID-19 Metrics are provided by the State of Illinois. Use this dashboard to view information for Region 9 (Lake and McHenry Counties.) This dashboard is updated daily and provides information regarding test positivity rates, hospital admissions increases, and hospital surge capabilities. IDPH will monitor these indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission and may implement mitigation interventions if necessary.
Symptoms & Reporting in Lake County
The Lake County Health Department is closely monitoring this developing situation and is providing updates on COVID-19 via the LCHD website as information becomes available.
NorthShore University HealthSystem is responding to the COVID-19 situation with enhanced clinical and operational capabilities. Information from Highland Park Hospital and NorthShore is regularly available on their website. NorthShore asks residents experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, changes to smell or taste, and others, to please contact the community health hotline at 847.432.5849 or begin an E-Visit through NorthShoreConnect.
If you are concerned about coronavirus exposure, contact your healthcare provider. If your healthcare professional believes there is cause for concern after assessing your health and history, the Lake County Health Department will follow up with you directly to provide further instructions.
If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8000 to make an appointment to be seen at a Lake County Health Department clinic.
In emergencies, always dial 911.
Questions about COVID-19?
You may also contact the Illinois COVID-19 hotline with any questions you might have, either by phone at 1(800) 889-3931 or by email at email@example.com.
The information on this page is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lake County Health Department. Please contact your healthcare provider with questions about symptoms of COVID-19 or if you require medical advice for yourself or your family.