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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.
  • The State of Illinois is currently in Phase 5. Click here for guidance.
  • Due to the substanial level of community transmission of COVID-19, WCHD recommends:
    • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while indoors
    • Businesses and public venues require UNIVERSAL INDOOR MASKING of their staff and patrons regardless of vaccination status
  • Take steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19
    • Get vaccinated. Click here to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine.
    • Wear a face covering when in public indoor settings
    • Watch your distance (Stay apart 6ft. and avoid large gatherings and crowded places)
    • Wash your hands
    • Delay travel until fully vaccinated

Recent Updates on COVID-19

  • Click here to register for a COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • For data on COVID-19  vaccinations, click here to go to the IDPH website.
  • The Illinois National Guard is supporting Winnebago County Health Department with our vaccination efforts at the Community Vaccination Sites and on the #VaxUp815 Bus.
  • Make an appointment to get your vaccine at the Winnebago County Health Department.
    • 555 North Court Street, Rockford, IL
  • Walk-in at one of the bus locations.
  • Click Here for COVID-19 Testing Information.
  • Travel Guidance has been updated to reflect new CDC recommendations. WCHD will no longer list states on its travel guidance due to the updated guidance that unvaccinated individuals get tested after travel regardless of states visited.


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As an Illinois resident, if you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 or are about to get vaccinated for COVID-19, you’re automatically entered in for a chance at part of our $10 million vaccine sweepstakes. Let’s go all in for the win. To find our more click here.


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
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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:

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Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine is open to all 12 years and older.


Phase 5
(Started Friday, June 11)

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Travel Guidance

Travel Guidance

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(Last Updated: 07/13/2021)


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