COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have general questions regarding the 2019 Coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, please call our COVID-19 information line at 815-547-8561 or email us at COVID19@boonehealth.org
 

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Vaccination Information

Following the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health recommendation for a booster shot of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings, the Boone County Health Department will hold four, appointment only, clinics October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
Register for an appointment here: October Clinics- Boone County - Booster - Pfizer ONLY (juvare.com)

The following groups should receive boosters of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings, people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions. 
Additionally, the following groups may be considered for boosters; people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Recording of webinar:  COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot vs. 3rd Dose / Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Boosters and 3rd Dose

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. The only requirements are that you must either live or work in Boone County. If you reside outside of Boone County, but work in Boone County, we would ask that you bring proof of employment for the Boone County establishment. You must also bring a driver’s license or ID and insurance card. You will not be turned away for a vaccine if you do not have insurance.  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are permitted for use for those 18 years of age and older. Pfizer is permitted for use for those age 12 years of age and older, and a parent or guardian must be onsite at a clinic for anyone under age 18. If you have further questions or need more information, please call the Boone County Health Department COVID-19 Information line at 815-547-8561 or email COVID19@boonehealth.org

Walk-In & Drive-Up Clinics (Johnson & Johnson & Pfizer Booster Shots)

10-4-21 October Mobile Clinic Dates


Other Clinics

When:  Walk-in clinics every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, depending on availability)
Where:  Boone County Health Department, 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008


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Cuando
:  Clinicas sin cita previa todos los jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. (Pfizer, Moderna, o Johnson & Johnson segun la disponibilidad de vacunas)
Donde: El Departament de Salud del Condado de Boone, 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008


Mass Vaccination Sites Open to Illinois Residents


Additional places to Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain/Tightness
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion/Runny Nose
  • Fever or Chills
  • Shaking with Chills
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
Testing

You may need to be tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

How To Get a COVID-19 Test
There are many options for testing sites. Please see the summary of local testing sites (resumen de sitios locales de pruebas). 

Click here for additional testing sites in the area. 

Prevention

Remember the 3 W's to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: Wear A Mask, Watch Your Distance, & Wash Your Hands.

Wear A Mask 

Wearing a  mask will protect yourself and others. People who are over two years of age and can medically tolerate a face covering should wear one whenever they are with others who do not live within their household. People can spread COVID-19 even if they have no symptoms. Thus, wearing a face covering even when we feel well is important to protect each other.

When wearing a face covering: 
Make sure your mask has multiple layers and covers your nose and mouth.
Make sure you can breath through it.
Make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against the side of your face.
The face covering should be able to be washed and dried without damage or change in shape.
Wash the face covering after using.
Wash in the regular laundry with detergent and appropriate settings according to the fabric. You can also wash your mask by hand using tap water and laundry detergent or soap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove detergent or soap. Dry your face coverings completely before use.
 
Watch Your Distance
Help prevent the spread if COVID-19 with social distancing. Keep at least six-feet of distance between you and others that are not members of your immediate household whenever possible.

Suggestions to help you maintain your distance:
Work with your employer to allow remote work whenever possible.
Avoid shopping at peak hours and/or take advantage of delivery or pick-up services offered by retailers.
Avoid shaking hands and hugging as a social greeting.
Avoid crowded places.
Stay home whenever possible.

Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is easy, and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.  Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

It is especially important to wash your hands:
After touching pets or animals.
Before, during, and after preparing food.
Before and after eating.
After using the bathroom.
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
After handling garbage. 
After caring for someone who is sick.
After handling your mask.
Before and after shopping and handling produce.

Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing is a Crucial Part of the COVID-19 Response. Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19.

Contact tracing is a proven health practice that has helped save lives.  Contact tracing is a well-established way to reduce the spread of disease. Contact tracing provides support to those testing positive for COVID-19 and those exposed by COVID-19. Our competent and empathetic staff are here to help answer any questions and provide resources to those in Boone County who test positive or may have been exposed. We can make a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19.  If you receive a call from IL COVID HELP coming from a 312 area code, answer the call to help save lives. 

What is Contact Tracing?
 -  During contact tracing, we reach out to people with COVID-19 to identify people they had close contact with during the time they may have been contagious. Being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period is considered close contact.
 - We notify contacts of their potential exposure without divulging information of the person who tested positive.
 - We refer those close contacts to COVID-19 testing sites.
 - We monitor  close contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 
 - We connect close contacts with resources they might need to stay at home safely during the self-quarantine period, such as groceries or income assistance.

Your Information
Your private health information is secured and always kept confidential during and after contact tracing calls.  Identifying information, including your name, address, and date of birth, will never be revealed to others, even those who may have been exposed.  Look at our scams. We will never ask for or collect sensitive data such as social security numbers or health insurance information during contact tracing calls. The information collected during the calls are not shared with anyone, including law enforcement, immigration or credit collection agencies.  

Some information that we will ask you during these calls include:
Who you may have had close contact with recently
Locations you may have been recently

Communication

The Boone County Health Department has developed a system to distribute COVID-19 vaccine information to the public. By providing basic contact details, the public will receive periodic updates on COVID-related matters and the latest vaccine information. Additionally, your contact information will be used to provide links to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Registration Sites, when they become available. Boone County residents can be put on the Boone County COVID-19 Information Communication list by filling out a form located at:  Regroup Messaging

Press Releases & Daily Reports - Please see Boone County Health Department's COVID-19 reporting information.

Follow us on social media for COVID-19 updates

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Resources

Post-COVID-19 Conditions
Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Please see the Post-COVID Conditions Resources for links to care clinics to assist individuals with these conditions. (En Espanol:  Condiciones posteriors al COVID-19)

Housing, Rent, & Utilities
Have you been directly affected by COVID-19, gotten behind on your rent, or utilities, and are now facing eviction? The Community Action Rental Assistance Program may be able to help. Below are fliers for people who have been affected by COVID-19 and are behind on their rent and utilities.  This funding is for person who reside in Boone and Winnebago counties. The online application is available in English and Spanish. 
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Eligibility
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Application
State of Illinois announces $1.5 billion for renters and landlords, federal resources for small businesses and more.

Childcare

If you are in need of childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a guide entitled Boone County Childcare Resources During COVID-19 that discussed various options and includes flyers from local daycare and childcare centers.

Emergency Resources
Please see the Boone County Health Department Resource Guide for helpful information including emergency and national hotlines, COVID-19 resources, mental health and substance use resources, and employment and community resources.

Need to talk? The Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text "TALK" to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, "HABLAR" to the same number of 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Groceries
Are you hungry? The Boone County Hunger Coalition is working to provide meals to people in Boone County. Follow @BooneCountyHungerCoalitionIL on Facebook to stay up to date.
Summer Meals 2021
Additional Boone County Resources
SNAP & Food Assistance Program
Resources for SNAP Recipients
 

Resources for Businesses
Creating a one-stop shop for Boone County businesses, the Boone County Health Department and county partners launched a shared website which can be viewed at the Forward Boone County Website. Each community partner’s website will display a shared image linking visitors to the same resources and information. This unified approach allows Boone County to display and support consistent messaging and materials.

Boone County Resources
Forward-Boone


COVID-19 Guidance


Frequently Asked Questions: 

Why do I need to bring my insurance card when I get my vaccine?
You will not see a bill for the vaccine. The insurance will be billed to counter the costs of administration. Insurance is not required to be vaccinated. 
Does my vaccine expire if I do not get it on the date I'm due for my second shot?
No.  According to the CDC, the recommended interval between doses is 21 days for Pfizer-BioNTech and 28 days for Moderna; however, up to 42 days between doses is permissible when a delay is unavoidable.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/3faDDWB
How do I make an appointment for my second dose?
Please go to the Boone County Health Department Website at boonehealth.org or you can call our COVID-19 information line at 815-547-8561 or email us at COVID19@boonehealth.org.
Can I receive my second dose sooner than the date on the back of my card?
You cannot received your Pfizer dose sooner than 21 days after the first shot and your Moderna shot sooner than 28 days after your first shot.
Is there a difference in dosage between the first and the second vaccine?
No.  These dose amounts are the same for first and second doses of Pfizer (0.3ml) and Moderna (0.5ml)
Can I receive any other vaccines before, between or after I receive my COVID vaccines?
Yes, now you can. The COVID-19 vaccine can be administered on the same day or shortly before or after other scheduled vaccines.
If the first vaccine made me sick, should I still get my second vaccine?
Absolutely. In order to be considered fully vaccinated and to achieve maximum protection against COVID-19, you will need to receive the recommended number.
What age do I have to be to receive the COVID vaccine?
Age is dependent on the type of vaccine.
Pfizer: 12+
Moderna: 18+
Johnson & Johnson: 18+
Is my local health department the only one I can go through for my vaccine?
No. The COVID-19 vaccine is available at health departments, pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, and doctor's offices.  To find a location nearest you, please visit: Vaccination Locations
I made my vaccine appointment but did not receive a confirmation email. What do I do?
Call the Boone County Health Department's COVID-19 information line at 815-547-8561 or email us at COVID19@boonehealth.org.
Which vaccine brands are currently available; and, what is the difference?
The current brands are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
We encourage you to learn more about the current vaccine options, by visiting the CDC's website "Different COVID-19 Vaccines."




Reports & Press Releases
10-15-21 IDPH Press Release: Public Health Officials Announce 15,669 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over the Past Week
10-1-21 Recording of webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot vs. 3rd Dose / Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Boosters and Additional Doses
9-29-21 CDC Health Advisory - COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People
9-28-21 CDC Press Release
9-24-21 IDPH Adopts CDC Recommendations for Booster Doses
9-17-21 Executive Order 2021-24
9-10-21 IDPH Press Release:  Public Health Officials Announce 26,062 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over the Past Week
9-3-21 Executive Order 2021-22
8-26-21 Executive Order 2021-21
8-26-21 Governor Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Workers, Pre-K-12 Teachers and Staff, Higher Education Personnel and Students to Slow Spread of Delta Variant
8-23-21 IDPH Press Release: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
8-17-21 IDPH Press Release: Third COVID-19 Vaccine Doses for People Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised 
8-13-21 IDPH Press Release: Public Health Officials Announce 21,334 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over the Past Week
8-11-21 IDPH Press Release: IDPH Launches Online "Vax Verify" System
8-6-21 IDPH Press Release: Public Health Officials Announce 16,742 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over the Past Week
8-4-21 Gov. Pritzker Announces Mask Requirement for Pre-K-12 Schools, Long-Term Care Facilities, to Prevent Spread of Highly Transmissible COVID-19 Delta Variant
7-30-21 Statement from CDC
7-30-21 IDPH Press Release:  Public Health Officials Announce 11,682 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over the Past Week
7-28-21 Illinois has fully Adopted the CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
7-20-21 BCHD Press Release: Back to School COVID-19 Pfizer Clinic
7-12-21 BCHD Press Release: Get Vaccinated this Wednesday at our J & J Clinic and Get a FREE Six Flags Great America Ticket
6-20-21 IL COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan 8.1
6-4-21 Phase 5 Guidance for Businesses & Venues
6-4-21 Interim Guidance for Operating Youth Camps
6-4-21 Governor Pritzker's  Office Guidelines for Illinois Reopening June 11,2021
5-25-21 BCHD Press Release:  Announcing Additional Vaccination Clinics Offering Moderna, J & J and Pfizer
5-24-21 Notice of Press Conference
5-14-21 IL COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan 8.0
5-17-21 Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2021-10 Bridge Phase Order
5-7-21 BCHD Press Release: Johnson & Johnson Single Dose Clinics in Boone County
4-21-21 BCHD Press Release/Press Conference: Illinois National Guard Supported COVID-19 Clinic
4-13-21 Joint CDC & FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
4-13-21 Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
4-7-21 Boone County Health Department and Forward Boone Forum: Safely Hosting Events During COVID-19 / COVID-19 Event Planning form 
3-26-21 Vaccine Expansion in Boone County
3-26-21 Extensión de Vacunacion en el Condado de Boone
3-26-21 IDPH Press Release: Illinois Taking Aggressive Action to Address First Signs of Possible Resurgence
3-22-21 IL COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan 7.0
3-16-21 IDPH Press Release: Illinois Department of Public Health Focuses Mobile COVID-19 Testing in High-Risk Communities
3-12-21 Press Release: Illinois Launches Call Center to Bridge Digital Divide and Assist with Vaccine Appointments
3-2-21 Press Release: Second Dose Moderna Vaccines Delayed for Winnebago County Health Systems
2-16-21 IDPH Press Release: Weather Causing Federal Vaccine Delivery Delays
2-16-21 Mass Vaccination Plan 6.0
2-11-21 Appointments Available at Multiple location in Boone County for Residents 65 and Older
2-11-21: Special Weekly Call w/Keen Age Center.  Regular Weekly Call w/Keen Age Center
1-29-21 Mass Vaccination Plan 5.0
1-28-21 Boone County Health Department To Hold Forward Forum on Vaccine Roll-Out Plans
1-25-21 Boone County Health Department - Currently Vaccinating Priority Group 1A & 1B
1-25-21 Boone County Health Department - Currently Vaccinating Priority Group 1A & Transitioning to 1B
1-25-21 IDPH Press Release: Regions 1 & 2 Move to Phase 4
1-22-21 COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Boone County / Informacion De La Vacuna COVID-19 para El Condado De Boone
1-18-21 IDPH Press Release - Regions Across Illinois Advance Tiers as State Launches Surge Staffing Program to Support Hospitals in Expanding Capacity
1-15-21 BCHD Press Release - Boone County Prepares for Next Phase of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
1-15-21 Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations
1-15-21 COVID-19 Update
1-15-21 Illinois Resurgence Mitigation Plan
1-15-21 Governor Pritzker Announces Limited Indoor Dining to Resume in Tier 1 as Three of 11 Regions Qualify to Move Out of Tier 3 Mitigations
1-8-21 Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine
1-8-21 Fireside Chat: Watch and listen as Amanda Mehl, RN and Dr. James Phoenix MD discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, along with candid observations about its effectiveness and safety.
1-6-21 State of Illinois COVID-19 Update
1-6-21 Phases 1A & 1B of Vaccine Distribution in Illinois
1-6-20 Phase 1A Vaccine Distribution in Illinois
12-21-20 Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre La Vacuna Contra La COVID-19
12-21-20 Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
12-21-20 Protect Yourself - Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
12-17-20 Region 1 Local Health Departments: COVID-19 Question & Answer Guide
12-9-20 COVID-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions
12-4-20 Vaccine Distribution:  Phase 1A