Important COVID-19 Community Updates
The earliest that Lake Forest may be able to move into Phase 4 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois" plan is on Friday, June 26.

Phase 4, titled "Revitalization", allows for gatherings of 50 people or fewer, restaurants and bars to re-open, travel to resume, and child care and schools to re-open under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Face coverings and social distancing will still be required. Read the details here .

The Municipal Services Building and City Hall are open with limited staffing and safety protocols in place. Other City staff will continue to work remotely. Until further notice, the City encourages residents to continue using online City services as often as possible.

This E-Newsletter will continue to be issued every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as necessary.

Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only, and 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

The City's general phone line, 847.234.2600, has been restored for all other City services.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to cityhall@cityoflakeforest.com .

Photo of Forest Park courtesy of Brenda Dick
Monday, June 15 Virtual City Council Meeting
The next City Council meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City's website and on cable television (Comcast channel 17 and A, T & T U-Verse Channel 99 - scroll to "Lake Forest"). Alternately, you may follow this Zoom link .

View the meeting agenda here . You may provide public comment by calling 847.810.3643 during the meeting.
Exciting News! WDC Curator Rob Carmichael and Henry the sloth are happy to announce that the WDC Outdoor Trail will re-open today at 10 am. Regular hours are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Monday and Wednesday).

There is a one-way trail set up to visit the amazing outdoor animals. As always, staff, volunteers, and college interns will ensure a safe and positive experience. Indoor exhibit areas and restrooms will remain closed until further notice. Please practice social distancing and face coverings are recommended.
Elawa Farm's Garden Market opened today!

The Market will continue to be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. throughout the remainder of the season (October 24).
Guest count will be limited and you may have to wait in line in order to enter the market. The dedicated staff will be working hard to ensure a safe environment.
Hospital Reminders
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital continues to appreciate the strong support we have received from the Lake Forest community. Our caregivers have been exceptionally well supported with meals, snacks and countless other kind gestures, and are especially thankful for the cards sent to post in our patient rooms. 
 
Hospital Safety Measures Set in Place
Consistent with the State’s Restore Illinois plan, Lake Forest Hospital has begun rescheduling treatment for patients whose care had been postponed, and for whom further delay in care would be medically inadvisable. The safety and well-being of our patients, physicians and workforce remains our highest priority, and we have undertaken extensive steps to ensure a safe environment, which are detailed in this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkTu5W32o-4.  

These steps include:

  • Entry Screening Procedures: Any person entering Lake Forest Hospital, whether staff or patient, will be screened for fever and asked about COVID-19 symptoms. Those with symptoms will be triaged for care or asked to return home. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at all entry points.
  • Universal Masking: With the exception of patients in their hospital rooms, every person is required to wear a mask while in Lake Forest Hospital. 
  • Testing: Patients undergoing surgeries or procedures will undergo testing for COVID prior to arrival.
  • No-Visitor Policy: The no-visitor policy remains in effect with limited exceptions.
  • Disinfecting: Our Environmental Services teams continue to perform rigorous cleaning of our facilities, and have increased the frequency of disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Exam rooms are fully disinfected after each patient. Magazines and other materials that cannot be cleaned properly have been removed from waiting areas.
  • Physical Distancing: Seating areas have been modified to reduce the amount of furniture and allow for physical distancing, and elevator use will be restricted to two people. Signage has been placed throughout the hospital buildings to signify appropriate physical distancing.
  • Separate areas for patients with COVID symptoms: Testing of patients with flu or COVID symptoms are conducted in safe, designated locations.

Telehealth Appointments
In order to provide on-going care for our patients, we are offer phone, video chat and e-visit options. Additional safety and access to care information can be found at:  https://www.nm.org/patients-and-visitors/patient-safety-during-covid-19.

Appointment Scheduling
Lake Forest Hospital is slowly and carefully reopening patient care services in our hospital and outpatient areas. A multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff is coordinating this process in a gradual, thoughtful way. Each patient is evaluated for the appropriate type of visit: in-person or by phone/video chat. 
 
COVID-19 Testing
Testing for COVID-19 and for antibodies is available for patients with a physician’s order. Individuals should discuss testing options with their physician.
 
Hospital Campus Enhancement Projects
Work is underway on a portion of Westmoreland Road north of Deerpath to add turn lanes and a pedestrian crossing. During this project, traffic is being temporarily routed to the Waukegan Road entrance. The Lake Forest Club is also accessible via the Waukegan Road entrance. The project is planned to be completed by the end of June, weather dependent.

A new walking and bike pathway from Deerpath north into the campus will also be completed as part of this project. We are pleased to provide this path for the use of our community, and hope it will provide many opportunities for enjoyment of our campus grounds for walking and biking. 
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Please respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844.330.2020.

In the coming months, when it is safe to do so, Census takers will follow up with in-person visits to addresses for which responses have not been received.

Completing the Census questionnaire is easy, secure and important. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department's interactive map shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map   here .
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