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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a a respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness in people. 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 working to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public’s health.

COVID-19 Status In Winnebago County

  • Community spread of COVID-19 remains a concern
    • Winnebago County is no longer at Warning Level
    • Region 1's positivity rate continues to decline and the region has moved into Phase 4 with no additional tier mitigations.
  • Take Steps To Prevent Spread
    • Wear a face covering
    • Watch your distance
    • Wash your hands
  • If you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, take these additional steps to reduce your risk even more:
    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Use curb-side and delivery options
    • Do not gather outside of your household
  • Avoid all unneccessary travel

Recent Updates on COVID-19

  • Region 1 is now in Phase 4. Click here for guidance. Click here for a guidance overview.
  • COVID-19 vaccine is being given to residents in Winnebago County. For data on vaccinations given, click here to go to the IDPH website.
  • On Monday, February 22, Governor Pritzker announced the Illinois National Guard is in Winnebago County to assist with our vaccination efforts. The Illinois National Guard is supporting the Winnebago County Health Department in holding a Community Vaccination Site and Mobile Vaccination Sites. You must have an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To get an appointment, click here to register.
  • There is a limited supply of vaccine.
    • Currently, healthcare personnel and long-term care residents are being vaccinated with first priority.
    • We are starting to vaccinate some frontline essential worker and those 65 and older.
    • The vaccine supply will increase over time and all adults should be able to be vaccinated in 2021.
  • Please be patient for your turn
    • The best thing you can do is register in the online system, if you have trouble registering ask a trusted friend or family member to assist. You can also reach out to the COVID-19 hotline for assistance.
    • You may need to wait a while for your turn, but we will get to you.
    • We want you to be vaccinated as soon as possible too
  • Winnebago County residents can register online to get on the list for COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more about this process.


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 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

COVID-19 Vaccine

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Click Here To Register for COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccinations not yet available to general public.
Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine is open to all 16 years and older.
Email confirmation of registration may take 24 hours.


Phase 4
(Started Monday, Jan. 25)

Phase4 Overview
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Travel Guidance

Travel Guidance

Click Here for Latest Travel Guidance Downloadable PDF File

(Last Updated: 02/23/2021)


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