Updated January 7, 2022.

COVID-19 cases are increasing dramatically in Illinois due to the introduction of the Omicron variant, which is more transmissible and can more readily evade immunity from both vaccination and prior infection from COVID-19. At this time:

  • A statewide mask mandate is in effect in all indoor public places for individuals over the age of two years old regardless of vaccination status. Outside of Illinois, masks may be required by local law. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in substantial and high transmission areaswhich includes over 95% of the counties in the United States.

  • If you are feeling ill, you should isolate yourself at home and seek testing for COVID-19. Most tests are at no cost to you whether or not you carry health insurance. In our area, testing is available for the general public at the IDPH Waukegan site (at 102 W. Water St.) and Walgreens. Local healthcare providers may also offer tests to established patients or following a medical examination.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, stay home for at least five days. You can leave home after five days if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves. Wear a mask around others, in public and in private, for five additional days (ten days total).

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and...

    • You received a booster dose or were recently vaccinated, you do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Wear a mask around others, in public and in private, for ten days. Seek a test on day five after exposure if possible. (You are recently vaccinated if you completed your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months, or the last dose of a different vaccine within the last six months.)

    • You have not received a booster or are not fully vaccinated, stay home for five days. Test on day five if possible. Wear a mask around others, in public and in private, for five additional days (ten days total). If you are unable to stay home, you should still wear a mask for ten days.

Vaccinations are the best way to keep our families, schools, and businesses safe from COVID-19. Over 99% of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois are unvaccinated people. While "breakthrough infections" are more common as a result of the Omicron variant, these infections tend to be mild and the vaccine still dramatically reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. Over 200 million Americans have been safely vaccinated. Persons as young as five are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Booster shots maximize your protection against the Omicron variant. Each vaccine has different booster timing. In short:

    • Pfizer vaccine: You should get a booster if five months have passed. As of today, you should get a booster if your last dose was on or before
    • Moderna vaccine: You should get a booster if six months have passed. As of today, you should get a booster if your last dose was on or before
    • Johnson and Johnson vaccine: You should get a booster if two months have passed. As of today, you should get a booster if your last dose was on or before

You can obtain vaccination free locally at many nearby locations including pharmacies through Walgreens, CVS (inside Target), and Jewel-Osco. Appointments are typically available on the same day. 

Questions regarding vaccine administration in our area should be directed to the Lake County Health Department or your healthcare provider. The Village of Lake Bluff does not have a direct role in administering the vaccine.