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Jan. 18 & 22: COVID-19 Testing in Highland Park
- Testing is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Learn more about IDPH testing at dph.illinois.gov/testing.
- Drive-through and walk-up testing will be available.
- Simple nasal swabs will be used.
- You will be called with results within 4-7 days.
- No cost for testing.
- Bring your insurance card, but you can still be tested if you don’t have insurance.
- Anyone can get tested! You don’t have to have symptoms or be sick.
- Self-isolate at home away from household members until your results are back.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Monitor any symptoms you might develop.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any emergency warning signs of COVID-19 or other medical emergencies, such as extremely difficult breathing, bluish lips or face, constant pain or pressure in the chest, severe constant dizziness or lightheadedness, confusion and/or slurred speech, difficulty waking up, and new seizures or seizures that won't stop.
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.
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Current Status of COVID-19 Mitigations & Restrictions: Tier 2 (Region 9)
Region 9 is currently operating under Tier 2 mitigations.
On January 18, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 9 (Lake and McHenry Counties) met the requirements necessary to move to Tier 2 of resurgence mitigations. The chart below from the Governor's office highlights the primary differences between the three tiers. Most notably, in Tier 2 recreational activities are now allowed the lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall capacity both indoors and outdoors, including sports. In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet test positivity and hospital capacity metrics. We are headed in the right direction! Let's keep moving forward by practicing the 3 Ws: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.
Use this summary of mitigation restrictions currently in effect to help make decisions for the safety of your family, first responders, healthcare workers, and frontline workers.
Important News from the City of Highland Park
- 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)
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.
Business Promotion: At Your Service!
Shop & Dine in Highland Park
Browse a listing of all businesses at cityhpil.com/businessdirectory. Find your next takeout/curbside spot at cityhpil.com/restaurantmap.
At Your Service
Purchase $150 in beauty, health, and wellness services from eligible Highland Park businesses and win a chance for a $50 gift card to the Highland Park restaurant of your choice. Participating services include hair and nail salons, massage therapy, salt therapy, cryotherapy, and fitness classes. Read more.
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.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Lake County Health Department recommend taking the following steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness:
- Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Maintain a six-foot distance from others outside your household. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick or if you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Get a flu shot.
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.