Health Department

Our Mission
The mission of the Boone County Health Department is to serve our community by preventing the spread of disease, promoting optimal wellness & protecting the public's health.
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Free temporary drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites in Boone County. See flyer for details.
Locacion de prueba COVID-19 temporal en el Condado de Boone puede venir manejando o caminando.

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.

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.

Are you hungry? The Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry can help.
Nececita usted alimentos?  La Despensa Movil de Northern Illinois Food Bank puede ayudarle.
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:
The Boone County Health Department has compiled a Summary of Local Testing Sites/Information for COVID-19. This information was published and accurate as of August 24, 2020. (En Español: Resumen de Sitios Locales de Pruebas/Información para COVID-19)
Starting November 20, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that Illinois will be in Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations. Please click here to view the mitigations. Click here to view the Executive Order #2020-73, and here to view the Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation FAQs document.

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 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.

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Guidance for Phase 4 for businesses:  
The Restore Illinois - Phase 4 Guidelines for Re-Opening can be reviewed here.
Restore Illinois - Phase 4 Recovery - FAQs for businesses an be reviewed here.

Press Releases & Daily Reports - As our community moves into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, the Boone County Health Department's COVID-19 reporting will be modified as follows:
  • Daily reports on normal business days will continue to include positive cases, deaths, recovered cases, positive cases and deaths by age, and areas of concern.
  • Expanded daily reports on Monday.
  • There will be no weekend or holiday reports.

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Food Establishments:

Following are links to the lastest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19):

IDPH has launched a COVID-19 texting platform. Please help us spread the word so Illinoisans can receive reliable information daily on the coronavirus.

  • To opt-in, text the word COVID to 312-500-3836 for English; or COVID ESP for Spanish.
  • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois.
  • You will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.
  • You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply.

For more information visit:

IDPH ha lanzado una plataforma de mensajes de COVID-19. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz y así de esa forma Illinoisans puedan recibir cada día información fiable sobre el coronavirus. 

  • Para incluirte, envía la palabra COVID a 312-500-3836 para Inglés; o COVID ESP para Español.
  • Recibirás un mensaje de bienvenida de IDPH y un segundo mensaje para hacerte saber qué recibirás actualizaciones acerca de COVID-19 en Illinois. 
  • También recibirás un enlace a la página de Preguntas Frecuentes de IDPH.
  • Recibirás mensajes de COVID-19 dos veces al día, uno en la mañana y uno en la noche.
  • Puedes excluirte de recibir mensajes en cualquier momento con solo enviar PARAR como repuesta.

 Para más información, visita

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.

Medication Disposal Site In Poplar Grove
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 another permanent location for Boone County residents to dispose of prescription medications. In addition to the Public Safety Building, at 615 North Main St in Belvidere, you may now drop off unused medications at the Candlewick Lake Administration Building at 13400 Hwy. 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Please click here for details.

Lead Poisoning in children is serious....and preventable.
The Boone County Health Department has a 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.

Our Vision
The vision of the Boone County Health Department will guide & inspire the community to enjoy a high quality of life by:

  • Redefining the role of public health delivery 
  • Creating a culture of health 
  • Advancing health equity 
  • Building strong community engagement & collaboration
  • Attaining national Public Health Accreditation 

Values Statement
We build a culture of excellence through integrity, respect, collaboration, innovation, and responsiveness.  The five pillars are as follows:

  • Integrity - We strive to build the public's trust by maintaining the highest standards of accountability, consistency, and transparency.
  • Respect - We approach all people with compassion and dignity, recognizing the importance of diversity, so that we may enrich the well-being of everyone.
  • Collaboration - We actively engage in partnerships to improve health and support a strong public health system.
  • Innovation - We creatively apply information and research to be a revolutionary leader in public health.
  • Responsiveness - We ensure our work is efficient, timely and responsive to the public's needs, values and priorities.

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, 

Contact Us

1204 Logan Avenue Phone #:  815-544-2951 Email Health Department
Belvidere, IL 61008 Fax #:  815-544-2050 Hours: M-F 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.