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Region 1 moves to Tier 2 COVID-19 mitigation

CHICAGO— Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations, the strictest…

Rockford Public Library expands period of limited service

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Public Library is extending its period of limited service, including curbside pick-up and computer use by appointment, through the month of January, officials reported Friday. In addition to its digital services…

Tier 3 mitigation can be lifted in Illinois Jan. 15

CHICAGO -- Illinois regions could start lifting Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions Jan. 15, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. The governor said while some regions showed a slow in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, experts, including Dr.…

People 65 and older included in next virus vaccine phase

CHICAGO – Building on guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced guidelines for…

Public asked to preregister for coronavirus vaccine

ROCKFORD — Local residents who wish to receive a coronavirus vaccine are being asked to preregister with the county health department. Winnebago County Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell said Monday during her weekly COVID-19…

IDPH reports 5,059 new cases of COVID-19, 79 deaths

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Monday reported 5,059 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 79 additional deaths. There have now been a total of 984,880 cases, including 16,834 deaths, in 102…

Rockford COVID-19 testing site set to move in 2021

ROCKFORD -- The COVID-19 testing site at the University of Illinois Health Services campus is moving. Starting Saturday, Jan. 2, testing will commence in the former K-Mart parking lot, 1321 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford. Testing will…