March 19, 2020
News from City Hall
COVID-19 Updates

An Important Message from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital



Dear Neighbors,

As the nation takes a strong stance on containing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Northwestern Medicine is taking steps to support and keep safe our physicians, nurses and staff along with patients and the communities we are privileged to serve.

This week we activated alternate COVID-19 testing sites across our health system, including a special location at NM Lake Forest Hospital, for patients screened by their physicians according to the latest testing guidelines and referred for a test. We are not performing tests for any self-referred patients at this time.  For most locations, hours of operation will be daily from 8am to 8pm until at least April 15 or the situation changes.

Please visit NM.org ( https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/infectious-disease/covid-19/ ) for the most up to date information or call our hotline at 312.47.COVID should you have questions.

On behalf of all healthcare workers, thank you in advance for your support during this unprecedented time.

Check the resources listed below regularly as they are updated often!

  • The City's website, including links to community organizations, schools and churches. (847.234.2600)
  • How support your local Lake Forest Business - Stay Calm & Shop Local! While the State has required bars and restaurants to be closed to dine-in customers and some stores have temporarily closed, there are still many ways you can support our businesses during this time. Many are offering carry-out, curbside and delivery options. You can also purchase a gift card, send a meal to a family member, purchase online or over the phone, and order carry out or delivery. Many grocery stores are offering early shopping hours to senior citizens so they can shop before the stores are open to the general public. Visit the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce (847.234.4282) and LF/LB Takeout on Facebook.
  • United Way of Lake County's Lifeline's 2-1-1 (simply call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211) help hotline is a free and confidential service that helps people in Lake County find the health and human service programs they need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Family Service Lake County offers the continuation of its vital client support services, including mental health counseling and education.
  • Shields Township (847.234.0802)
  • West Deerfield Township (847.945.0614)
  • Moraine Township (847.432.3240)
  • Libertyville Township (847.816.6800)
  • Vernon Township (847.634.4600)
  • Lake County Health Department is reporting 16 new cases of Coronavirus Disease in Lake County since yesterday. Since March 11, 2020, a total of 38 Lake County residents have tested positive for the disease. Public health officials continue to urge all residents to take precautions to stay healthy and stop the spread of the virus.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health reported 134 new cases across Illinois today, and that cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99.
  • Center for Disease Control (1.800.889.3931).
  • Illinois' application for loan relief for businesses from the Federal Small Business Administration has been approved. Business owners must apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/.
  • The Illinois Department on Aging is ramping up their volunteers and services to help meet the needs of Illinois' older population. Seniors that are in need of food/meal help or other services should contact the department at www.illinois.gov/aging, or by phone at senior help line 1-800-252-8966 or via email aging.ilsenior@illinois.gov.
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (312.47.COVID)

Reminders to Prevent the Spread of Illness

Clean
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Cover
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Contain
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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