Information & Links about Coronavirus and COVID-19

Information & Links about Coronavirus and COVID-19

Local, County, State and National Information about the Coronavirus Pandemic (Links to important pages are in blue below)


AS OF 5 PM SATURDAY MARCH 21ST, 2020 THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS UNDER A STAY AT HOME ORDER from Governor Pritzker.  Visit for details and FAQ. 

The original order in effect through Thursday April 30th, 2020 has now been extended through SATURDAY MAY 30, 2020. 

The official order contains important information regarding what is and is not allowed: >> State of IL COVID-19 Executive Order 8

To see all State of Illinois news about Coronavirus / COVID-19, visit this website:  State of Illinois Coronavirus / COVOD-19 Response


Wonder Lake Village Hall is temporarily closed; more information here>>  Temporary Closure of Village Hall


Under the State's Stay at Home Order grocery stores, gas stations, and phramacies are still open (some others are too, check the first link at the top of the page for details).  Be aware that many grocery store hours have been adjusted so stores can restock shelves and sanitize - visit their websites for more information.  Some grocery stores are setting aside certain hours (usually early morning, after store has been sanitized) for senior shopping; check your store's website or Facebook page, or call for more information. Most non-essential stores have now temporarily closed; be sure to check websites and Facebook pages for information before you leave home.

As of Monday night 3/16/20 all dine-in restaurants and bars in the state of Illinois are closed (until further notice).  Some offer delivery, or curb-side pickup - check their websites or Facebook pages for more information. Locally, Dusty's Pizza is open Thursday-Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm, and Sunday 4 pm-8:30 pm; check their Facebook page (click their name) for additional information about specials!   Paulee's Pizza is open 4 pm - 10 pm Thursday - Sunday for carryout and delivery.  (Call 815-653-2333; cash & checks only - no CC).  Pixie Dawgs plans to be at Creekside Country Store daily, depending on the weather (click on their names for links to their Facebook page or go to Creekside's Facebook page or website for more information). The Busy Bee will reopen for pick-up orders only on Friday April 24th (9:30 am); their new hours will be M-Sat 9:30-5, Sunday 9-4.  Alibi Pub and Grub is currently closed; check their Facebook page (click on their name) for updates.    Subway in Wonder Lake will be reopening starting Sunday May 17th - hours from 11 am - 7 pm. (Check out their Facebook page - click on name - for updates).

Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry is still distributing food on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, though their procedures have changed slightly - follow their Facebook page (click on their name) for details.

Need help with heating and electric bills?  McHenry County Housing Authority may be able to help through their Home Energy Assistance Program; for more information click here:  LIHEAP


From MDC Environmental Services (our Village's designated waste removal service): 

In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees along with keeping our customers and public safe, effective March 23, 2020 we are temporarily making the following collection changes until further notice. 

All trash/refuse must be placed in a company designated cart, a can with handles, or bagged. Loose unconstrained items will not be collected. More specifically: 

-All bulk item/construction debris collection is suspended until further notice.

-All white good/e-waste collection is suspended until further notice. 

(Note:  please see links towards top for information about changes to the yard waste procedures.)

MDC will continue practicing the protocols and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Again, these are temporary changes made in the effort to keep your community and our employees safe. We will update you as soon as anything changes moving forward.

MDC won't be vacuuming leaves from Village streets until further notice; see more information here >>  Spring 2020 Leaf pickups   Changes to MDC procedures for recycling >>  Recycling changes due to COVID-19


Wonder Lake Fire Protection District

There is a slight change in response protocol due to the COVID-19 virus. The fire district will follow the advice of The Center of Disease Control (CDC) and The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) isolation guidelines and recommendations for First Responders.

In the event that you need WLFPD to respond for an emergency and you dial 911, you will be asked a series of questions by the 911 operator. Please answer all these questions to the best of your abilities. When fire department crews arrive they will also ask similar questions as well as be dressed in eye protection, masks, etc. Please do not be alarmed.

In no way will this delay or hinder any care for our community; this is simply to further protect the health of citizens as well as these first responders.  Contact the WL Fire Protection District at 815-728-0088 or message them on their Facebook Page (link above) if you have questions or concerns.


Wonder Lake Police Department  There are no major changes in place at this time; the Department is in constant communication with county, state and federal authorities as the virus situation unfolds.  (The WLPD is working hard to keep officers healthy and safe - the Village of Wonder Lake will make an announcement and also note it here if any community-related changes will be occuring.)


Area Schools - be sure to keep up-to-date with your school; many have plans in place for serving meals to children (these vary by school).  Schools are closed through at least the end of this school term.   District 15 (including the District Office) is closed from March 16th until further notice. District 156 High Schools closed starting March 16th (click here to read Letter to Parents).  District 200 (Woodstock School District, which includes Greenwood Elementary School) is closed through March 27th.  District 36 (Harrison School) - E-Learning through March 20th, then Spring Break through the 27th; see updates on their website.  E-Learning has been implemented for many schools and parents have been emailed; click the links above to see what your school district is doing.  Some schools are offering lunch (and possibly breakfast) meals; please check with your school for details on their availability.  McHenry County College - Classes are canceled March 16 & 17; an extended Spring Break will run March 18-March 29th -  More information here


McHenry County Health Department - NEW in April:  MCDH Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

McHenry County Resources - Links to hospitals, food pantries, mental health resources, unemployment resources, non-profits, public health guidance, and domestic violence assistance:  Resources for McHenry County Residents

Current coronavirus information from the County, including a link to a document that outlines the county's guidance and procedures for COVID-19 testing in McHenry County >> MCDH COVID-19 Information 

McHenry County Health Department walk-in immunization clinics are canceled until further notice, due to delays in shipments of supplies.  If you have an appointment, do not cancel it - they will keep you updated on when they're re-opening. (Link is to their Facebook page, where they are posting many updates and answering questions about coronavirus/COVID-19.)

McHenry County Courts - effective immediately (posted by McHenry County on 3/17/20 pm), the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court will hear only essential mandated services; all non-essential court matters will be continued until further order of the court.  The Court asks that people DO NOT go to the Courthouse; you won't be admitted.  All scheduled weddings are canceled until further notice.  Click on the link to see the list of essential services that will be provided.

McHenry County Administration Building - effective Wednesday March 18th, visitors will be limited to the lobby.   McHenry County Treasurer's Office - effective immediately, services are limited to the drive-thru only.  McHenry County Jail - vestibule area is open for bond posting, but lobby will be closed starting Wednesday 3/18/20.


Many State of Illinois facilities are closing or already closed, including Illinois Dept of Natural Resources (all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites) and Illinois State Museum sites (including Dickson Mounds).

Illinois Department of Public Health  - current information from the State of Illinois

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)  Note - this website is especially busy at this time; you may need to keep trying to access it

Illinois Secretary of State offices and drivers license facilities are closed to the public through March 31st.  Expiration dates for driver's licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations, and other documents/filings are being extended for 30 days.

Illinois Tollway  - has temporarily converted to all-electronic tolling (if you don't have I-PASS, you'll need to pay online if you pass through the IL toll system).

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has suspended all vehicle emissions testing until at least April 7th.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC - US Government updates on coronavirus - this is updated daily)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Update 3/20/20:  Taxpayers now have until July 15th, 2020 to file (and pay) 2019 returns; filing AND payment now pushed back from 4/15/20.  FAQs here:  IRS information regarding filing 2019 taxes

World Health Organization (WHO)  - Q&A regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 - what they are, what the symptoms are, how it spreads, what we can do to prevent it, etc >> Questions & Answers about Coronavirus/COVID-19


Many entities are offering support for their customers. 

Banking:  Call your bank if you need help with online banking, or want to check on financial assistance they may be able to provide.

Commonwealth Edison: Payment options and financial assistance may be available; click here for a link to the > ComEd press release

Internet Providers:  Some are lifting data caps because of increased usage with children at home, and may have programs available for free/reduced cost internet services; contact your provider for information. 

Animal Shelters - this is a rough time for them - animals keep coming in the door, but they can't adopt pets the way they usually do with people coming into the shelter.  Many are greatly in need of new foster homes to temporarily take care of a cat, kitten or dog until things go back to normal. If you're interested in giving a pet a temporary home, contact one of your local shelters and ask them how you can become a foster home.  If you've been thinking about adopting a pet - this is a great time; the children are home to get acquainted with a new cat or dog, and learn how to take care of them.  Contact your local shelter for information - the shelter buildings may be closed, but many wonderful shelters in McHenry County are doing adoptions.


If you need to read this page in Spanish, try this:  Información y enlaces sobre Coronavirus y COVID-19



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