Important COVID-19 Community Updates
We appreciate the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are learning from local and regional sources every day.
 Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to . As Mayor Pandaleon continues to stress, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house and maintain physical distancing.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
Sanitation Services Enhancements Update
We're here to help!

Due to the temporary closure of the City’s Compost Center, beginning on Monday, April 20, the City’s Sanitation Section will be providing new services on regular resident collection days.

Yard Waste

  • Yard Waste Bags – Curbside collection of 8 bags maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.
  • Brush – Curbside collection 8, 4-foot tied bundle, maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.

Additional Refuse Items
Collection of bulk items or non-typical household garbage will be collected at the curb twice per week. There will be no charge for these additional items placed at the curb. A maximum of 2 cubic yards will be collected (equal to one refuse scooter full or the pick-up bed of a pick-up truck). No concrete, bricks, railroad ties, or hazardous materials will be accepted.

The City Council and City staff asks that residents follow these guidelines. Debris and yard waste created by contracting firms should still not be disposed of curbside.

These additional services will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may change.

Please remember this is temporary. Once the COVID-19 conditions allow for the opening of the Compost Center, the City will once again require stickers be placed on yard waste bags / bundled brush and additional refuse items must be brought to the Compost Center or be scheduled for a curbside special pickup.

Any changes will be communicated via the City’s website, E-Newsletter and on Facebook. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact Becky Pocasangre at 847.810.3543.
Important Updates from Northwestern Medicine
Lake Forest Hospital
"Lake Forest Hospital has planned for and is responding to the anticipated surge in COVID-19 related hospitalizations. We are in regular communication with our Northwestern Medicine system hospitals, with other Lake County Hospitals, with the Lake County Department of Public Health, state and federal officials, and with colleagues throughout the country to share information and resources. The health and safety of our patients and caregivers is our highest priority and we remain able to operate according to our high standards of care.

The caregivers at Northwestern Memorial Lake Forest Hospital continue to be grateful for your unwavering support during the COVID-19 crisis. Your support has meant the world to them and raised their spirits at a time when they needed it the most. Thank you!

Like many across the country, our patients are enduring long hospital stays in isolation, without the comfort of loved ones at their bedsides. We would like to encourage community members to brighten their days by sending along laminated cards or drawing that express your – or your children’s – well wishes. For infection control, we can only accept cards and drawings that have been laminated so they can be wiped down and disinfected before being placed in patient rooms. They can be mailed directly to Lake Forest Hospital, 1000 Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045, Attn: Volunteer Services. In addition, Post Net and Fed Ex in Lake Forest are available to have creations emailed directly to them, and they will laminate and ensure they are delivered to the hospital. Post Net has generously offered to provide this service free to the community. Please contact them directly for details. 

Our healthcare workers are grateful for donations of “ear saver” headbands with buttons sewn on, that relieve the pressure of surgical masks with ear loops during extended use. Donations are accepted at the Health and Fitness Center on the Lake Forest Hospital Campus, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will continue to update and post information about COVID symptoms, treatment guidelines and resources at . If you have questions, please call our hotline at 312.47.COVID (312.472.6843). If you are experiencing severe health problems, please proceed to the Emergency Department.

Thank you again for your kind support as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis."
In Case You Missed Yesterday's Mayor's Message
Monday, April 20 City Meetings
Next Monday's Finance Committee Meeting and City Council Meeting will be held virtually. The Finance Committee will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the City Council meeting. Details will be announced tomorrow.
Complete the Census for the Family! Visit the City's website page for all the information.

The Census paper questionnaire was mailed on April 8 to anyone who has not yet responded. Please complete the questionnaire and return it or respond online at or by phone at 844.330.2020. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department released an interactive map which shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map here .
Local Resources
State/Federal Resources
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