Work Status for Employees - Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Work Status for Employees

Situation Update

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:14 PM CDT

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
COVID-19 coronavirus information

Staff members who feel they may have been exposed to the virus and are exhibiting symptoms should contact Employee Occupational Health at 224-610-4215, prior to returning to work. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Staff who are sick and staying home must contact their supervisors for instruction, as always.

Beginning March 30, in an effort to protect our patients, staff, volunteers and visitors and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, FHCC will begin screening all occupants in their vehicles as they enter the North Chicago campus. Please allow for extra time. At that time, screening stations inside our buildings will be removed. Note that the interior gates on campus will be closed daily at 5:30 p.m. and not open on weekends!

Gate hours are as follows:

Green Bay Road gate (staff members are encouraged to use this gate): 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday 

Buckley Road/Lewis gate: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Ray Street gate: Open for deliveries only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Note: Screening also will take place at the CBOCs.

Visitor Restriction: Please note that for the immediate future, no visitors (except those visiting palliative care patients) are allowed. Patients are strongly encouraged to enter FHCC buildings alone, unless they need a companion for medical or safety reasons.

For other updates, go to the FHCC's Coronavirus Information webpage:

Current operating hours:

Despite the above controls to help control the spread of COVID-19, Lovell FHCC’s main hospital, Naval Station Great Lakes branch clinics and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Evanston, McHenry and Kenosha are open, with normal operating hours.

Inclement weather information:

If the weather impacts the status of FHCC operations at any time, the information will be posted at: (this page) and at

We urge all who must travel during hazardous weather to take appropriate precautions when driving on area roads, and to allow plenty of extra time for commutes. For up-to-date information on road conditions in Lake County, Ill., go to: For up-to-date information on road conditions in the Kenosha area, go to:

For Illinois road conditions, go to the Illinois Department of Transportation's website:



During a VA-declared emergency:

VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.