Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Covid-19 Village Preparedness

Coronavirus Update

Lake County has released a Coronavirus Data Hub to centralize data related to COVID-19 in Lake County. To access the data hub please click here or visit the Lake County website available at

As part of region 9, Lake County is currently operating under Phase 4 guideline of the Restore Illinois plan

What does phase 4 look like?

  • Wear a mask: As of May 1st, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or other face-covering) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when they are in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.
  • Gatherings: All gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data & guidance
  • TravelTravel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance
  • Health care: All health care providers are open
  • Education and child care: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and child care open with IDPH approved safety guidance
  • Outdoor recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed
  • Businesses:
    • Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance
    • “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety guidance; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-vulnerable employees
    • Bars and restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
    • Personal care services and health clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and fitness clubs open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
    • Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
    • Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance

The State of Illinois has developed guidelines and toolkits to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring residents back to work. Toolkits include business guidelines, checklists, posters, signage, and social media graphics.

Individuals who are older, at higher risk, or il should continue to stay home. Be a neighbor— reach out to those who are isolated during this time.

What could cause us to move back?

IDPH will closely monitor data and receive on-the-ground feedback from local health departments and regional healthcare councils and will recommend moving back to the previous phase based on the following factors:

  • Sustained rise in positivity rate
  • Sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness
  • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities
  • Significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region

What to do if you are sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

If you are experiencing symptoms please call your doctor! Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor should call the Lake County Health Department Communicable Disease program to arrange for you to be assessed.

State of Illinois Executive Orders

We ask all residents of Hawthorn Woods to comply with these orders for the well-being of yourself and those in our community.

Reopening Illinois During Coronavirus

On May 5th, 2020 Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois. This is the plan to safely reopen the state of Illinois. Hawthorn Woods is located in the northeast region of this 5-phase plan. As of May 5th, 2020, we are in phase 2 of the plan. Click here to read more about the Restore Illinois plan.


The Coronavirus is a global pandemic, Village personnel are in communication with the Lake County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, in addition to area partner agencies, to prepare for the possibility of our area becoming significantly affected. The Village is monitoring developments and working in coordination to share resources and expertise should local cases be reported.

Minimize the Spread

There are steps individuals can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. The Village is recommending following the 3 C’s - Clean, Cover, Contain.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.


  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Resources for Information

Who to contact if you have general questions

Please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Travel Information

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. Current CDC travel recommendations include avoiding all nonessential travel abroad and deferring all cruise ship travel worldwide. Cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.

Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. These groups should consider postponing nonessential travel and avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.

Basic tips for travelers include:

  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.