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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for the Rockford Region

At least for a while, the novel coronavirus will continue will continue to disrupt the work and leisure pursuits we value and love here in the Rockford region. And it will disrupt business. Unfortunately, the many small businesses that give our community its unique Real. Original. character are not at their most vulnerable.

But, resolute in the face of our current crisis, many of our treasured small shops, restaurants and bars are still open for business - and eager to serve you safely. They are locally owned and operated by our extended family - the familiar people we rely on for food, entertainment and fun. 

Our region's businesses are taking careful public health measures to protect their employees and customers. If you are so moved, order carryout or order delivery, pick up a gift card for the future, shop for goods and services online—and please do so locally if you can. 

Rockfordians are famously welcoming and hospitable, but some of our neighbors, friends and families may be struggling. Now is a fine time to think about how you can make them feel more at home, more secure, more loved. Reach out. Ask if you can help. Offer to make a trip to the grocery store or pick up a prescription. 

And, don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you are in good health, get out and go for a run, or a hike, or a bike ride—but do so with social distancing at top of mind. Let’s be wise about the decisions we make. And let's lean on our furry friends—they need less social distancing than we do.  

A brighter future awaits. We will be careful. We will help each other and wash our hands. But, we will never throw in the towel.  

RACVB will continue to closely monitor the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in working alongside the Winnebago County Health Department, city officials and municipalities to make prudent decisions and take swift and proactive measures to mitigate the effects of this virus throughout the region. The safety of our residents, visitors and our community remains our top priority as we navigate the challenges of this worldwide, rapidly evolving pandemic.

It is important to stay informed, be prepared and know that the actions taken on a state and local level are to help flatten the curve with the intent of slowing the spread of this virus. As this situation evolves, we will continue to update you and encourage you to reference the resources below for best practices and commonsense steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. Thank you and stay healthy.

For More Information

Winnebago County Health Department

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

U.S. Small Business Administration

For additional questions about Coronavirus in Winnebago County and the region, please call the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 815-319-6705.