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Webpage Last Updated: 03/27/2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread person-to-person. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.

This is a rapidly changing situation. The Winnebago County Health Department, along with our local healthcare partners, local health departments in the region, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation and working to protect the public’s health.

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COVID-19 Data Update

Positive COVID-19 Case Counts: (Last Updated - 03/27/2020)

  • Winnebago County: 9
  • Northern Illinois Rockford Region: 21
    • The Northern Illinois Rockford Region includes: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties.
  • Illinois: Click here to go to IDPH data on COVID-19


Click Here To Read Daily Report.

Important Local Updates:

  • Thursday, March 26:  The Winnebago County Health Department reports no additional cases in Winnebago County but began issueing a daily report. Read Daily Report here.
  • On Wednesday, March 25, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their 70s tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 8 cases in the county.
  • On Tuesday, March 24, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in ther 20s tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 7 cases in the county.
  • On Monday, March 23, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their teens tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 6 cases in the county.
  • On Sunday, March 22, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their 20s tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 5 cases in the county.
  • On Saturday, March 21, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their 30s tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 4 cases in the county.
  • On Friday, March 20, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their 30s and a resident in their 40s tested positive for COVID-19.  View the news release here.
  • On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issues a "Stay at Home Order" that compels residents to only leave their house for basic needs, including visiting the doctor or buying groceries, medicine, gasoline or similar supplies. The order is in effect from 5pm on Saturday, March 21 thru April 7. View the order here. View FAQs here.
  • On Thursday, March 19, the Winnebago County Health Department recommends the suspension of gatherings and events of more than 10 people.  View the news release here.
  • On Monday, March 16, the Winnebago County Health Department provides enhanced guidance for daycare centers.  Read enhanced guidance here.
  • On Monday, March 16, the WInnebago County Health Department provides interim guidance for restaurant and bar owners as on premises food consumption is prohibited through March 30.  Read interim guidance here.
  • On Monday, March 16, Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney signed an emergency proclamation to enhance the county's ability to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  Read the proclamation here.
  • On Sunday, March 15, the Winnebago County Health Department announced that a Winnebago County resident in their 60s tested positive for COVID-19. This individual isolated at home and recovering. View the news release here.
  • On Sunday, March 15, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to the public, beginning at close of business Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th. View the Governor's news release here.
  • On Friday, March 13, Gov. Pritzker announced all schools will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. View the Governor's news release here.
  • On Friday, March 13, the Illinois Gaming Board announced that it is ordering all 10 of the state’s casinos be closed for 14 days beginning Monday, March 16.
  • On Thursday, March 12, the Winnebago County Health Department issued a recommendation of the suspension of public events due to COVID-19.  As a precaution, and in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure, the Winnebago County Health Department along with other local health departments in our region, recommended that businesses, institutions, and organizations suspend all public gatherings and events of 25 people or more until further notice.  View the news release here.

 

Prevent the Spread of Illness

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Illinois COVID-19 Hotline

The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public:

  • 1(800) 889-3931
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

For additional information, click here for a CDC fact sheet or go to the IDPH and CDC webpages on 2019 novel coronavirus:

See below for more detailed information directly from the CDC webpages on coronavirus.

CDC COVID-19 Information