May news updates

News and updates from Sandy

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. I look forward to Lake County moving into Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker's plan, which we hope will take place in the last few days of May.

Under the plan, bars and restaurants can open for outdoor seating; state parks can open; and personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits. All retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping, also with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place. If you want to see how Lake County is tracking to get to Phase 3, click here. Please see below for information on testing, including the FREE facility provided by the State of Illinois.

While we cannot gather together as a community to remember our veterans for Memorial Day, I hope you'll take a moment to visit this website and read the stories of the men and women who bravely served and lost their life for all of us. Please also consider sharing the stories of your own loved ones - this website will stay active beyond Memorial Day so we can continue to honor them, regardless of the date.

I'm really proud that Lake County Health Department is one of only two in the state of Illinois to receive monies to augment our contract tracing work. It was chosen for "having a great existing collaboration of public health personnel, medical students, and volunteers already on the ground." The fact that Lake County has significant needs in terms of case numbers in vulnerable populations and a robust capacity for tracing is also very important. Please click here if you are interested in becoming a Contact Tracer.

On Sunday evening Lake County received a significant rainfall, flooding streets, homes, and causing extensive damage. For the 2020 budget, which passed unanimously, the County Board doubled the amount of resources for stormwater management to alleviate flooding across Lake County. Our nationally recognized team continues to focus on ways we can help homeowners, businesses, and other agencies to improve stormwater infrastructure and reduce costs.

In closing, please know that it is an honor to serve as the county board member for District 13 and as the Chair of the Lake County Board, particularly in this time of crisis. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of service or to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Read Sandy's full newsletter here.