1 new case of COVID-19 in Winnebago County

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Winnebago County Health Department announced 1 new case of COVID-19 on Monday.

Winnebago County Health Director Dr. Sandra Martell said the county currently has 14 confirmed cases.

Martell also said there have been 271 negative tests and 331 more are pending.

Martell also expressed concern over what she saw at area stores over the weekend. “This is not the time to bring the entire family to the store,” she said.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara added, “If your business is deemed by Gov. Pritzker [as a non-essential business], it’s simple. You can send orders online, you can perform payroll and maintenance. You cannot open to customers.”

“These guidelines aren’t for any government benefit. This is to help you,” McNamara said.

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney said the county jail is taking proactive measures, dropping the total number of inmates to 605 from 748 in the last two weeks.

Haney said prisoners are being investigated on a case by case basis, and some of those who are waiting for a court date have been released.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 461 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and 8 recent deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. 

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