Important COVID-19 Community Updates
We appreciate the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are learning from local and regional sources every day.
 Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to . As Mayor Pandaleon continues to stress, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
Notes from the Governor's Office
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced a new text message program yesterday, allowing people to text “COVID” to 312.500.3836 in order to register to receive current information and updates about COVID-19.

The Department also has a telephone hotline to take health questions about COVID-19. Please call the hotline at 800.889.3931 or email questions to: .

The Illinois Department of Human Services Mental Health Division has launched a free of charge, emotional support text line for Illinois experiencing stress related to COVID-19 titled “Call for Calm.” If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, you may text talk to 552020.

Individuals and businesses are also encouraged to make donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact IDPH: .

The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Linked here is the most recent edition of Daily COVID-19 FAQs.

Please send any question, comments are recommendations to: .
Please Dispose of Gloves, Masks and Cleaning Supplies Properly
The waste disposal agencies serving Lake County are reporting a significant increase in the amount of trash being collected because so many people who are working and staying at home. To help crews collect trash as safely and efficiently as possible, please be sure to put all household trash in bags and tie them properly. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves, masks and gowns are not recyclable and should always be bagged and placed in a trash bin with a lid. Additionally, cleaning supplies such as disposable wipes, paper towels and tissues are not recyclable and should always be bagged and placed in a trash bin with a lid.
The Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce is joining Chambers and small businesses across the state of Illinois to promote the "‘IL’ove Local" campaign to encourage supporting local businesses during the week of April 11-18.

Remember to:
  • Buy Local! Check the Eat-Shop-Play page to find out if your favorite local store is online – or reach out to them to find out how you can purchase now for pick up later
  • Purchase gift cards to your favorite businesses to use later
  • Take online virtual classes from your favorite locals (studios, businesses, Gorton, more)
  • Get takeout/delivery (and tip big!)
  • Consider buying lunch/dinner for those keeping our community safe and running – you will help our local restaurants and the people who are there for us
  • Buy gift cards from local businesses to give to your favorite service provider or associate
  • Like and share social media posts of your favorite local businesses
  • Once you’ve purchased a gift card or meal, take a picture of it and share it on your social media with hashtags #WithYouLFLB #IloveIllinois or #ShopSmall #ShopIllinois #IllinoisStrong #AllInIllinois.
The Census is Waiting for Your Response

The Census paper questionnaire was mailed on April 8 to anyone who has not yet responded. Please complete the questionnaire and return it or respond online at or by phone at 844.330.2020. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department released an interactive map which 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 .
Local Resources
State/Federal Resources
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