A Message from Mayor Shapiro
I am pleased to report that more than 12,000 vaccinations were provided in the Village at the Patty Turner Center earlier this year. Doctors Test Centers continues to use the site as the base for their mobile operations and have provided another 8,000 vaccinations in the area.
As we continue to enjoy our summer, we nonetheless are aware of the news regarding the increase in Covid cases due in large part to the Delta variant. Right now, the most important thing you can do is make sure you and your loved ones are vaccinated. Click here to find a convenient location. It’s free, it’s easy and it saves lives. Please continue to make safe decisions for you and your family. We’ve worked too hard and come too far to let down our guard.
The CDC recently issued new guidance regarding indoor masking, regardless of vaccination status, based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people by county. Lake County is now at a moderate level of community transfer and does not meet the threshold set by the CDC. Yesterday, Cook County reached the level of substantial community transmission. The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in areas with substantial or high levels of transmission. We will continue to track this information and provide timely updates to residents.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and the new variants, it is vital that we rely on trusted sources of information.
The Effectiveness of Masks to stop the spread of germs is well established by the CDC and other official sources. The CDC and IDPH have affirmed that unvaccinated individuals should continue to follow necessary prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Residents can work to stop the spread of misinformation by:
- Learning how to identify misinformation. Verify the accuracy of information and ensure that it is from a reliable source before you share it.
- Work with your community on addressing misinformation. Consider how you can share reliable health information within your community such as through faith groups and community organizations.
- Engage with your loved ones on the issues of health misinformation. If someone you care about is sharing health misinformation, listen with empathy. Try to understand why they feel this way and avoid judgment.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and strong!