Several Northern Illinois Counties Suspend Events With More Than 25 People

The Winnebago County Health Department in coordination with the Boone County Health Department, Ogle County Health Department, and DeKalb County Health Department are issuing a news release to announce recommendations to suspend 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 (WCHD), Boone County Health Department, DeKalb County Health Department, and Ogle County Health Departments (LHDs) is recommending that businesses, institutions, and organizations suspend all public gatherings and events of 25 people or more until further notice. We do understand that this threshold may differ from community to community. This number was determined based on our local community considerations and with an abundance of caution.

This suspension includes large sporting events, fundraisers, concerts and performances, and many St. Patrick’s Day events including the Rockford’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. It does not include schools and childcare programs; government including polling places; healthcare and regular commerce that would occur at restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses. Social distancing in any situation is recommended.

Churches and faith based institutions are encouraged to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are encouraged to maintain a contact list of those who attend each service.

As of right now, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region, including Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, and DeKalb. The health and safety of our residents is our highest priority. “We want to do all we can to minimize the spread of this virus. Limiting public gatherings is a proven method of containing and minimizing the spread of disease. Here in Winnebago County, our priority is to limit public exposure and get back to normal public operations as quickly and safely as possible,” said Dr. Sandra Martell, director of the WCHD.

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