18 new cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County Thursday, Rockford testing facility opens Friday

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — On Thursday, Winnebago County officials held a COVID-19 briefing from the new state-run COVID-19 testing clinic in Rockford, at the University of Illinois Health Science campus at 1601 Parkview Ave.

The testing site is the 5th site in Illinois which is run by the Illinois National Guard.

The “Triple T (Triage, Testing and Transfer)” facility will be open 7 days a week for people who are showing symptoms of coronavirus. Residents showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to get a test without a doctor’s orders, and without an appointment.

UIC Medicine’s testing facility will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or while supplies last, and results usually take 48 hours but can take up to 5 days.

Dr. Sandra Martell said there are now 256 cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County so far, with 18 additional cases announced on Thursday.

Martell also said 12 people who were diagnosed with the disease have recovered.

Fifty percent of the deaths announced in Winnebago County have been residents of long-term nursing facilities. Alden Alma Nelson Manor, Amberwood Care Center, Anam Care, the Goldie B. Floberg Center, Milestone, Peterson Meadows, River Bluff Nursing Home, the Rockford Rescue Mission, and Van Matre have all reported cases.

Currently, Martell said less than 1 percent of the population of the county has been tested. She also warned that with more testing, more positive cases are to be expected.

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker announced he would be extending the state’s stay-at-home order for 30 days, and would be requiring all residents to wear face masks in public.

Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 36,934 cases, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois.

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