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CDC recommends ‘test to stay’ strategy as an option for children following study with 90 schools in Lake County

The CDC has issued new guidance nationwide recommending the “test to stay” strategy to keep children in the classroom instead of quarantining following a case study involving 90 schools in Lake County. In August, the Lake County Health Department introduced a “test to stay” strategy, where unvaccinated students can stay in school after school-related COVID-19 […]

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Waukegan COVID-19 facility to end vaccinations, will remain open for COVID testing

Health officials announced that the COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Waukegan is shutting down, but the site will remain open for COVID-19 testing. The Lake County Health Department announced the closure of the Regional Vaccination Site, located at 102 West Water Street in Waukegan, which will end operations on Monday. The final day to receive […]

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Coroner identifies 87-year-old Lake County man who died after being bitten by bat while sleeping

The coroner’s office has identified an 87-year-old Lake County man who died of rabies after he was bitten by a bat while sleeping. Thomas Krob, 87, of unincorporated Spring Grove, died on September 20 at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Lake County now under CDC, state’s indoor mask recommendation

Lake County is now under the state’s recommendation for all people to wear masks indoors after the CDC on Saturday categorized the county as having “substantial” transmission of COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Tuesday afternoon that it was “fully adopting” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) latest masking recommendations. […]

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Lake County Health Department announces two data breaches impacting nearly 25,000 patients

The Lake County Health Department announced two data breaches, one of which occurred in 2019, that compromised the data of almost 25,000 people. Jefferson McMillan-Wilhoit, the Chief Health Informatics and Technology Officer for the Lake County Health Department, said the first breach was discovered on July 22, 2019. McMillan-Wilhoit told the Chicago Tribune that the […]

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Health department launches rabies investigation after imported dogs pass through Lake County

The state and the Lake County Health Department are investigating after dozens of dogs, some with rabies, were flown to Illinois. Several of them went through Lake County. The Lake County Health Department said they are assisting the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) after a group of 33 dogs was imported from Azerbaijan through […]