Lake County Board Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Amid Virus Upsurge

LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – The Lake County Board yesterday passed a resolution to extend the state of emergency in Lake county amid ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The resolution is the latest action taken by the board since Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared a statewide emergency on March 13.

A declaration of emergency in the county will be continued until Pritzker lifts the declaration of emergency, or until Nov. 10.

“Lake County has moved into an ‘orange status,’ with an increase in positivity rates and adult hospital visits,” said board member Ann Maine. “The Lake County Health Department is monitoring the situation closely.”

An “orange status” effectively indicates warning-level rates of infection from COVID-19.

Twenty six Illinois counties, including Lake County, have seen recent surges in COVID-19 cases, particularly in counties bordering neighboring Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri, all of which are also seeing recent increases in new cases.

See Local Newsreader’s COVID-19 page for the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, and Mundelein. The page is updated daily, based on data provided by the Lake County Health Department’s Coronavirus Data Hub.

Follow our tracking of the coronavirus’ impacts in the area with our chart of daily new cases, which can be accessed here and is updated daily after 6 p.m.

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