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.
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
Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccinations are available at multiple locations in Boone County for residents age 65 and older. Please see details here on how to easily register online or who to call for assistance.
Other Locations to Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine / Otros lugares para registrese para la Vacuna COVID-19 Listed on this link are locations in the area that you can sign up to get your free COVID-19 vaccination.
The Boone County Health Department has developed a system to distribute COVID-19 vaccine information to the public where residents can submit their contact information. 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: https://boonecounty.regroup.com/signup
Press Releases & Daily Reports - Please see Boone County Health Department's COVID-19 reporting information.
Online Forum: Business Funding & Tax Information, Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Register for this online forum here, and see flyer for details. For nearly a year, impacts from COVID-19 have caused business owners and employees to take on additional financial burdens. This forum will focus on current financial and funding options available to businesses, as well as tax information, to make sure your business gets the benefits they deserve.
On Friday, January 29th, at 2:00 p.m. the Boone County Health Department and Forward Boone hosted a webinar regarding vaccinating manufacturers & ongoing public roll-out plans for the COVID-19 vaccine. To view the recording of the informational webinar, please see the following link: Foward Forum: Vaccinating Manufacturers & Ongoing Roll-Out Plans - YouTube
The Boone County Health Department and the Federal Pharmacy Partnership are currently vaccinating Phase 1a which includes frontline health care providers and long term care facility staff and residents. These target individuals are currently being registered for the vaccine. When we move into 1B, our department will solicit registrations for target individuals in this Phase through the state’s EMTrack system. As our county has updates we will be announcing any new information. Keep up to date here or via our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/boonecountyhealth/?ref=stream
For more information about the local vaccination planning and implementation process, please view the following webinar at:
Join the Boone County Health Department for answers to your questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine. Unase al departamento de salud de condado de Boone para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas sobre la vacuna COVID-19. There will be a special session of this call on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. that is separate from the weekly Tuesday call listed above.
Fireside Chat with Amanda Mehl and Dr. Phoenix: Watch and listen as Amanda Mehl, RN and Dr. James Phoenix MD discuss the need for the COVID-19 vaccine, along with candid observations about its effectiveness and safety. Visit: https://youtu.be/uDHtfP6wAvg
Other Important COVID-19 and Vaccine Information:
2-16-21 IDPH Press Release: Weather Causing Federal Vaccine Delivery Delays
2-16-21 Mass Vaccination Plan 6.0
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
1-6-21 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
- For permanent testing site information: Summary of Local Testing Sites/Information for COVID-19 (published and accurate as of January 1, 2021) (En Español: Resumen de Sitios Locales de Pruebas/Información para COVID-19).
- For free temporary drive-thru and walk-up testing sites in Boone County, see flyer for details. (En Español: Locacion de prueba COVID-19 temporal en el Condado de Boone puede venir manejando o caminando.)
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.
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 https://sites.google.com/view/forwardboonecounty. 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.
Following are links to the lastest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
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.
Local Food Bank Information:
Are you hungry? The Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry can help.
Narcan - Free Virtual Trainings
Please see the flyer for details on how to register for virtual trainings to administer Narcan on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m, and Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
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.
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
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,