COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Illinois and throughout the country due to the introduction of the more contagious Delta variant. In late July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health updated their guidance for fully vaccinated people:

  • Fully vaccinated people should wear masks in high transmission areasIn areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 residents per week, everyone should wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in public. Most of Chicagoland, including Lake County, meets this definition.
     
  • Fully vaccinated people exposed to COVID-19 should be tested: Seek a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after exposure. Wear a mask indoors in public until you receive a negative result. If you are not tested, wear a mask indoors until 14 days after exposure.
     
  • What stays the same: People who are not fully vaccinated should always wear masks in indoor public places. If you are feeling ill, you should isolate at home and seek testing for COVID-19.

At this time, there are no state or local emergency orders that require the use of face masks while in public. 


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 now unvaccinated people. Over 160 million Americans have been safely vaccinated. You may have heard about "breakthrough infections" - these happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant, and these infections tend to be mild. You can also obtain vaccinations free locally through Lake County, Walgreens, 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.