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This page contains news release that have been issued by the Winnebago County Health Department or by partner agencies in coordination with the Winnebago County Joint Inforamtion Center. This page also contains links to the notices and information put out by State of Illinois regarding mitigation in Winnebago County and Region 1.

News Conferences


Winnebago County
  • Held as needed usually around 3:30pm
  • Click Here to view the news conference live on the WCHD Facebook page or check for updates, reminders.
  • Past videos of news conferences also available on the WCHD Facebook page
WCHD NewsConference Update
State of Illinois
  • Held as needed usually around noon or 2:30pm
  • Click Here to view the news conference live on the state website
Illinois NewConference

Vaccination Announcements

  • COVID-19 vaccine is given by appointment only, No Walk-ins
  • Click Here to Register for the COVID-19
  • If you have a disability per the American Disabilities Act or are a smoker, you can update your registration by clicking here.
  • 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.

Mitigation Announcements

Region 1 and Winnebago County are currently in Phase 4 in response to COVID-19

Public Statements

  • April 14 - Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine following CDC and FDA Guidance. Click Here to View
  • February 20 - Governor Pritzker issued a news release announcing a state-supprted vaccination site in Rockford. Click Here to View
  • February 5 - Regional Health Departments Urge Continued Following of Social Mitigations As COVID-19 Variant Found In Region 1. Click Here to View
  • November 20 - Winnebago County Health Department Issues Media Statement regarding COVID-19, Schools, and Adabtive Pause.Click Here to View
  • November 19 - Winnebago County Hospitals Release Number of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients. Click Here To View.
  • November 17 - Winnebago County Issues Notice about Courts. Click here to view.
  • November 13 - Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney Issues Disease declaration. Click Here To View Click Here For Proclamation
  • November 10 - Winnebago County Hospitals Request Additional Beds to Manage Surge in COVID-19 Patients. Click Here To View
  • November 4 - Health Department Jointly with Health Systems Address Recent Resurgence of COVID-19 Positive Cases Click Here To View
  • October 9 - Health Department Jointly with Health Systems Annouce Enhanced Hospital Visitor Guidelines Click Here To View
  • September 29 - Regional Health Departments Provide Update As Region 1 Is At Warning For COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • September 23 - Regional Health Departments Caution Residents That Region Must Act Now to  Prevent Warning For COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • July 31 - Regional Health Departments Express Concern as First County In Region Is At Warning For COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • July 17 - Health Department Annouces Additional IDPH COVID-19 Testing Sites Click Here To View
  • July 14 - Regional Health Departments Urge Community Take Action Against COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • May 18 - Reopening Restaurants, Child Care Facilities and Houses of Worship.  Click Here To View
  • May 14- Regional Health Departments Update Community on Progress Toward Restore Illinois.  Click Here To View
  • May 12 - Health Department Receives Delayed Test Results.  Click Here To View.
  • May 6- Community Based Testing site at the University of Illinois Health Sciences Campus in Rockford to resume testing.  Click Here To View
  • May 6 - Testing Suspended at Community Based Testing Site at the University of Illinois Health Sciences Campus in Rockford.  Click Here To View.
  • May 2 - Regional Health Departments Update Community on Essential Worker Safety  Click Here To View.
  • April 27 - Regional Health Departments Expect Increase In COVID-19 Cases and Encourage Public To Prevent Exposure. Click Here To View
  • April 21 - Regional Health Departments Provide Update on Testing. Click Here To View
  • April 8 - Winnebago County Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases In Long-Term Care Facilities. Click Here To View.
  • April 4 - Regional Health Departments Announce All 9 Counties Have Positive COVID-19 Cases. Click Here To View
  • April 2 - Regional Health Departments Announce Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases. Click Here To View
  • March 30 - Regional Health Departments Announce Additional Cases of COVID-19 and first death in region.  Click Here To View
  • March 27 - Regional Health Departments Announce Additional Cases of COVID-19.  Click Here To View
  • March 25 - Winnebago County Health Department announces an 8th positive case of COVID-19.  Click Here To View
  • March 24 - Winnebago County Health Department announces a 7th positive case of COVID-19.  Click Here To View
  • March 23 - Winnebago County Health Department announces a 6th positive case of COVID-19.  Click Here To View
  • March 22 - Regional Health Departments Announce Additional Cases Of COVID-19.  Click Here To View
  • March 21 - Regional Health Departments Announce Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • March 20 - Winnebago County Health Department Announces Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 Click Here To View
  • March 19 - Winnebago County Health Department Recommends Further Limiting for Gatherings Click Here To View
  • March 16 - Chairman Issues County Emergency Proclamation Click Here To View
  • March 15 - Regional Health Departments Announce First Cases Of COVID-19 In Community Click Here To View
  • March 13 - Additional Local Health Departments Recommend Suspension of Public Events Click Here To View
  • March 12 - Local Health Departments Recommend Suspension of Public Events Click Here To View

 

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