The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to protect and promote health in Boone County.
West Nile Virus Season Has Begun
West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitos can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.
In an effort to track the presence of West Nile Virus, the Boone County Health Department is asking residents to call our office at 815-544-2951, Ext. 2 if they find a dead bird on their property. We can then determine if it is an appropriate specimen to send for testing for WNV.
Because mosquitos can breed in any standing water that is present for more than five days, and typically stay within a one mile radius of their breeding site, residents should also ensure that there is no stagnant water on or near their property. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris. Click here to view a flyer that shows common spots on a property where water can collect or poor maintenance can become a problem.
Please click on the link below from the Illinois Department of public health to view fact sheets, frequently asked questions, statistics, and other information regarding West Nile Virus in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Public Health Press Release click here.
For the most up to date information please visit the CDC website.
Dental Days at the Boone County Health Department / Dia Dentales en el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Boone.
FREE summer lunches to children aged 2-18 / Almuerzos gratis para ninos edades 2-18 durante el verano
Starting Tuesday, June 7, the Boone County Health Department will be a host site for the Summer Food Program through the USDA. Free lunch will be served to children aged 2-18 from 11:00-12:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, here at our office at 1204 Logan Ave. in Belvidere. No registration is required and the meals are for children only (aged 2-18). The ending date of the Summer Food Program meals at the Boone County Health Department will be August 5. If you have any questions, please call the Boone County Health Department at 815-544-9730.
Sports & School Physicals
For any student needing a sports physical, or entering Pre-School, Kindergarten, 6th Grade or 9th Grade in the Fall of 2016. Please click here to view our flyer for full details, including dates and times. Also, you will need to bring with you the school physical form (below) and immunization record.
IDPH Reports a Cluster of Elizabethkingia Cases in Illinois
View the full press release here.
Join us for our Farmers' Market & Wellness Fair!
Please join us for our Farmers' Market & Wellness Fair on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. See our flyer for full details.
If you are part of an organization that would like to participate as a vendor, please sign up using this link.
In an effort to keep prescription medications from being abused, and to stop accidental poisonings, addiction, and water pollution,the Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce a permanent location for Boone County residents to dispose of prescription medications. Please click here for details.
Lead Poisoning in children is serious....and preventable.
The Boone County Health Department has a new grant program in place for Boone County residents that help identify and correct lead paint hazards in homes. Please see our link to the right entitled "Environmental & Regulatory Services" for facts on lead, to see if you qualify, and to find out how to apply.
Programs & Services
Please see our brochure for a brief description of our Programs & Services.
The BCHD will be recognized throughout the State of Illinois as:
- A catalyst to inspire and guide the community towards optimal health;
- A creative and innovative leader in quality public health program delivery;
- A model in public health program performance measurements;
- A team of public health professionals who exemplify common core values and goals.
In 1966, the Boone County Health Council, which was introduced in 1937, was dissolved and the Boone County Health Department (BCHD) was established by resolution. In 1985, Boone county voters passed a referendum allowing the county to levy a tax in support of public health. The department has since met the criteria necessary to be designated as a certified public health department by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Boone County Board of Health
A volunteer, 11-member Board of Health is appointed by the county board chairman and approved by the county board. Illinois state statute requires the board include: two physicians, a dentist, a county board representative, and interested community members. These volunteers serve 3-year terms and represent the community at large. The Board of Health governs health department operational issues such as the annual budget and the development of policy and procedures. For Board of Health meeting dates, minutes, and agendas, click here.