Healthy people in a healthy community without health disparities

As your health department, we offer a variety of wellness and
environmental health services to all Winnebago County residents.
For your good health and that of our community, we provide numerous programs focused
on wellness promotion throughout each life stage, injury and violence prevention,
disease prevention, disaster preparedness and response and environmental safety.



In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Winnebago County Health Department buildings are closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to provide essential services by appointment and alternative methods of delivery. To contact the Winnebago County Health Department for essential services, call 815-720-4000. For questions about COVID-19, call 815-319-6705. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide you these essential services, while also responding to the COVID-19 to protect the safety and health of our community.


Coronavirus Disease - 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that can cause severe illness.

Learn About COVID-19

CDC Coronavirus

COVID-19 Daily Report

For local data on COVID-19, veiw the daily report.

View the Dialy Report


Stay At Home Order

The intent of Executive Order #10 is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enable services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to perform Essential Activities, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times as much as reasonably possible comply with Social Distancing Requirements. All provisions of the this Executive Order should be interpreted to effectuate this intent.

Click Here to View Governor's Stay at Home Order        View Stay At Home Order Frequently Asked Question


Recent Updates on COVID-19

Executive Order 2020-32 issued by Governor Pritzker on April 30, 2020 modifies the previous shelter in place order and is effective until May 30, 2020.  Summary of New Provisions


The 17th Circuit Court extends its period of reduced operations until May 18, 2020 and implemented procedures in connection with all Winnebago and Boone County cases.  Press Release.  Administrative Order 2020-18.


Illinois Department of Public Health provides recommendations for Universal Masking and Enhanced Environmental Disinfection in Residential Congregate Living Facilities.  Guidance 


COVID-19 Donations Center

The Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center, in coordination with the Salvation Army, has opened the COVID-19 Donations Center.  News Release



The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission of COVID-19.  CDC guidance for use of cloth face coverings. 


The Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center is asking the community to help us by making and donating masks.  If you are interested in making masks, please follow the guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Nebraska Medical Center.  If you would like to donate masks, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our contact list for information about when and where to donate them. 


COVID-19 Hotline

For general questions about COVID-19, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For questions about COVID-19 specific to Winnebago County, please call 1-815-319-6705.


To report a disease or infection during please call 815-720-4050.

To report an environmental health concern call 815-720-4100 or complete the online form.

WCHD offers a variety of trainings. Currently, WCHD is focused on training the whole community on how to provide naloxone to save a life. WCHD is also looking to train food and beverage establishments on the new food code.

  • Naloxone Training
  • Food Code Training

To contact the Winnebago County Health Department after hours about a public health emergency, please call 815-720-4000.

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