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* Coronavirus / COVID-19: Your health

Prevent virus spread

Stay home

Governor Pritzker's modified mandatory stay-at-home order is in place through May 29. Remain at home unless you work in an essential business or in a non-essential business that has been specifically cleared. You may also leave home if you are...

  • picking up groceries, medicine, or items purchased for curbside pickup from non-essential businesses cleared to open; 
  • getting healthcare for you or a pet;
  • exercising in your neighborhood;
  • golfing, boating, fishing. 

On May 29, the state enters Phase 3 of the governor's Restore Illinois plan. More businesses and workplaces will be able to open; face masks and social distancing remain the norms. Get answers to frequently asked questions. If you're a business owner or manager, Phase 3 guidelines and links to state tool kits are posted here.

Maintain social distance & wear a face mask

When you go out, follow these steps even if you don't have symptoms; you may be carrying the virus and contagious. 

  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people, to prevent droplet transmission of the virus. A few ways to gauge 6 feet: think of the length of two standard grocery store carts, the width of the average sedan, or two golden retrievers standing nose to tail.

  • Wear a cloth mask, mandatory in Illinois, as of May 1 to protect others from becoming sick, perhaps fatally so. Get instructions for DIY cloth masks, including easy no-sew masks, from the CDC. (Note: cloth face masks keep you from passing the virus to others; they have not been shown to protect the wearer from others.)

Protect yourself & others

  • Wash your hands often, for at least 30 seconds, with soap and water; use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available

  • Cover your sneezes and coughs, with a tissue or the crook of your elbow

  • Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces

Wellness tips

Get outside, but social distance

“Being outdoors is beneficial to both body and mind, which is especially important during stressful situations like this pandemic. Please remember, however, to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings in public to protect yourselves and others."—Mark Pfister, Lake County Health Department Executive Director

Get support from a mental health professional

Illinois has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. To speak with a mental health professional, text “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish) to 552020.

Help for seniors

Senior Help Line, Illinois Department of Aging:

CALL 800-252-8966



If you are sick

Lake County Health Department notice:

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, stay home and call your doctor. Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. If you do not have a primary care provider, contact the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center at 847-377-8800 to schedule an appointment.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before medical help arrives.

COVID-19 self-checker

Evaluate your symptoms with this online tool from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois

Find a testing site near you.

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline

CALL 1-800-889-3931



Quick links

CDC prevention guidelines

Do-it-yourself (DIY) face masks - no sewing required (CDC)

How to grocery shop (Illinois Department of Public Health)

How long coronavirus can live on surfaces - graphic (New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet & Business Insider)