I hope this email finds you safe and healthy and ready for Illinois to move into Phase 4! There are many questions regarding the pandemic and what the recent changes mean; I hope you'll consider joining me at the Virtual Town Hall tomorrow night (details below), where we'll hear from several experts on COVID-19 and next steps.
Lake County is very fortunate to be one of the first counties in the state with free testing for residents. I went today and there was NO WAIT! Results are expected back within the week, so if you haven't been tested, please consider it. There's a video below so you know what to expect. We are also fortunate to have so many generous residents and businesses who have donated money and materials to help fight this pandemic. You can read more about all the help that's available, as well as volunteer opportunities through 211 if you wish to be part of the relief and recovery efforts.
Our board and staff has been working diligently to get dollars allocated to help residents, governments, and businesses in need. We've put federal monies toward food pantries, emergency shelter, rental assistance, utility assistance, and in early July we will have an application ready for small businesses. Our local governments, with employees on the front line of this pandemic, will also receive assistance to help cover the costs incurred since March. As our small businesses begin in open, it is so important that we shop local as much as possible. As Lake County Liquor Commissioner I was happy to give temporary approval for outdoor liquor service to Class A and E bar and restaurant license-holders in Lake County's unincorporated areas.
The third and final phase of air monitoring for ethylene oxide is complete, and now it is up to the ATSDR and the USEPA to deliver the promised report on the health implications of EtO in our air. You can read more below and use the link to see the actual results on the Health Department's web page.
As always, it is an honor to serve as the County Board Chair and the Board Member for District 13. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.