CommitteeINDIAN CREEK – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) is highlighting new guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health allowing dental providers to resume routine care and encouraging residents to donate personal protective equipment to local dental offices.

“It’s critical that dental care remains available in the safest possible conditions,” Link said. “I’m glad to see that dentists will now be able to provide the everyday care that Illinoisans need.”

According to IDPH guidelines, oral health providers should consider their patients’ health care needs, asses the risks and benefits of procedures, and appropriately screen patients for COVID-19. Patients must be symptom free and have their temperature taken. Dental professionals should also use PPE and take other precautions to prevent potential spread of COVID-19. 

Early in the pandemic, dental professionals gave up their PPE to support hospitals, first responders and nursing homes. They now face challenges acquiring the equipment they need to operate safely. Link is encouraging residents help out by donating any extra PPE they may have.

“It’s critical that as these dental offices reopen, they’re able to do so in a way that prioritizes the health of patients and employees,” Link said. “If you have unneeded protective equipment, I urge you to consider donating it to a local dental office.”

More details on the IDPH guidelines are available here

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Link floorWAUKEGAN – A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility in Waukegan is now open to area residents, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced.

“It remains critical that we continue to test as many individuals as possible to help us better understand the presence of this virus in Lake County and help limit its spread,” Link said. “If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, I highly encourage you to stop by this new site and get tested.”

The new Waukegan testing site is located at 2161 Northwestern Avenue in Waukegan and will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. while supplies last.

All individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms are encouraged to seek testing. Testing is also available for the following individuals regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms:

  • Health care workers
  • First responders
  • Employees of correctional facilities
  • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • Employees that support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions

People seeking tests must be seated at a functioning window and are not permitted to exit their vehicles for the safety of testing personnel. Testing is free, but individuals will be asked to show photo identification and a health care employee or first responder identification, if applicable. 

For a full list of testing sites in Illinois and for contact information and guidelines on eligibility for testing, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

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AG Scams FBINDIAN CREEK – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) is warning Lake County residents against scammers who claim to sell COVID-19 tests.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, and, unfortunately, there are some people who are trying to take advantage of this situation,” Link said. “If you or someone you know has experienced one of these scams, I urge you to report it to the authorities. No one should have to worry about being taken advantage of during this pandemic.”

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim announced Friday that his office has received reports of scammers posing as health care professionals and offering COVID-19 tests. In exchange for the test, the person is asked to pay cash or provide personal information.

All COVID-19 tests in Illinois must be arranged through a health care provider. The Illinois Department of Public Health, Lake County Public Health Department and Centers for Disease Control will never visit a person’s home to conduct a COVID-19 test.

Residents are encouraged to report potential scams to the Illinois Attorney General’s office online here or by phone at 1-800-386-5438. Residents can also report scams to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office at 847-377-3000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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INDIAN CREEK – Assistance for restaurants, hotels and other small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak is available through two new state programs, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced Thursday.

“This pandemic is having major repercussions on our local businesses, many of which have had to close temporarily,” Link said. “It’s critical that our state finds ways to help them through this difficult time.”

To provide assistance to struggling small business owners, Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, a $60 million program that will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for sm​all businesses outside of Chicago.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply. Loan recipients will owe nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at 3% interest for the remainder of a five-year loan term.

Pritzker also announced the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program. The program offers $14 million in grants to restaurants, bars, hotels and other hospitality businesses to help them make ends meet during the COVID-19 crisis. It will provide up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

Grant funds can be used to compensate employees and pay rent, or to support new practices like expanded pick-up, delivery and sanitation.

“These businesses are central to our communities, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help them face these new challenges,” Link said.

Applications to the Small Business Emergency Loan Fund will be available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website by Friday, March 27.

The application period for the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program is open now and closes April 1 at 5 p.m. Businesses can find more information on the program here or apply here. A Spanish-language application is available here.

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